In a nine-minute, late-night address from the White House, Obama said the suspected architect of the 9/11 terror attacks had been killed earlier Sunday by U.S. forces in Pakistan.
President Barack Obama: "Tonight I can report to the American people and the world, the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a gaping hole in our hearts ... The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al-Qaeda. His death does not mark the end of our effort..."
Bin Laden had been on the FBI's most-wanted list since the late 1990s.
President Barack Obama: "Justice has been done."