British Prime Minister David Cameron said Osama bin Laden’s death will “bring great relief to people across the world”, as global leaders rushed to congratulate the United States for the raid that left him dead.
Shortly after US President Barack Obama announced the al Qaeda leader had died in a US-led operation in Pakistan, Cameron said: “Osama bin Laden was responsible for the worst terrorist atrocities the world has seen – for 9/11 and for so many attacks, which have cost thousands of lives, many of them British.
“This is a time to remember all those murdered by Osama bin Laden, and all those who lost loved ones.
“It is also a time too to thank all those who work round the clock to keep us safe from terrorism. Their work will continue. I congratulate President Obama and those responsible for carrying out this operation.”
He added: “Of course, nothing will bring back those loved ones that families have lost to terror.
“But at least they know the man who was responsible for these appalling acts is no more.”