Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan, President Obama has said.
The al-Qaeda leader was killed in a ground operation outside Islamabad based on US intelligence, the first lead for which emerged last August.
Mr Obama said after "a firefight", US forces took possession of his body.
Bin Laden was accused of being behind a number of atrocities, including the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001.
He was top of the US "most wanted" list.
Crowds gathered outside the White House in Washington DC, chanting "USA, USA" after the news emerged.
'Lead last August'
Bin Laden approved the 9/11 attacks in which nearly 3,000 people died, saying later that the results had exceeded his expectations.
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