The top news here in San Francisco is on the death of Osama bin Laden. San Francisco residents are learning that Osama bin Laden's body has been buried at sea after US Navy SEALS performed a raid on bin Laden's secluded hideout in Pakistan.
"It's incredible. And although it will never bring back the 9/11 victims, it does offer some kind of closure to the families and to the rest of us," says San Francisco resident, Anita Collins. "I have to admit I had almost given up hope that bin Laden would ever be found."
San Francisco residents are also learning that the custom-built compound where Osama bin Laden lived, was 8 times larger than other buildings in the surrounding area. The complex also had no telephone nor internet access and the trash from the building was burned, rather than collected, like neighborhood residencies. When the building was first put up, no other homes were around it, but other houses soon appeared in the area.
According to CNN, it's believed that the structure, valued at $1 million and with 12-18ft high walls protecting it from the outside world, was built five years ago specifically for the purpose of hiding bin Laden. The US was able to track one of bin Laden's couriers and was able to locate the leader's compound that way.
After the order was given from President Barack Obama, US Navy SEALS were lowered from helicopters and broke into the compound. The building is situated in Abbottabad, 100km (62 miles) north-east of Islamabad, reports CNN. There was an outbreak of fighting and 40 minutes later, according to Yahoo news, Osama Bin Laden, 3 combatants, and a woman were dead. Two other women were injured in the fighting. One of the men, reports the BBC had used the woman as a human shield.
Osama bin Laden's secret compound lies around half a mile from a military academy in Pakistan (the equivalent of West Point in the US or Sandhurst in the UK) and the city itself is home to three army regiments, along with thousands of military personnel.
The body of Osama bin Laden was buried at sea, after DNA evidence was taken from it to prove that it was, indeed, bin Laden. In accordance with Islamic tradition, the body had to be buried within 24 hours of death. Bin Laden's body was subsequently put aboard the USS Carl Vinson and placed into the North Arabian Sea, says Yahoo news. The news source says the body was also washed and placed in a white sheet, in keeping with Islamic tradition.
According to newser.com, no country would have taken his remains and the US did not want any gravesite to be worshipped, so burying him at sea was considered the best alternative.
Osama bin Laden had managed to evade US forces and its allies for almost 10 years, even though there had been a bounty of $25m (£15m) bounty on his head, says the BBC.
The US has now warned its embassies and citizens about possible reprisals for the death of Osama bin Laden.
"Bin Laden is dead. Al-Qaida is not," says CIA director, Leon Panetta to Yahoo news.
See photos on the left-hand side of what happened in New York and Washington DC after the news was released that Osama bin Laden was dead. See the slideshow too for tragic 9/11 photos. Osama Bin Laden took responsibility for the killings. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
See the video on the left hand side for the address that President Barack Obama gave to the nation on bin Laden's death.
See follow-up article here, Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza also killed in raid
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