Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan on Monday morning in a firefight with US forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade. After a firefight, a small team of American forces killed bin Laden and took possession of his body, the president said.
President Obama said he authorized the mission to make a move on Bin Laden last week, after several months of planning, and the attack went down in the compound where the Al Qaeda leader was hiding. Bin Laden was killed after a firefight.
Bin Laden's demise comes 9 years, 7 months and 20 days after the 2001 9/11 attacks.