Osama bin Laden has been killed.
President Barack Obama confirmed the news in a live statement on Sunday from the White House.
"Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that 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," his statement read.
"We give thanks to the men who carried out this operation," he added, citing those who carried out the mission in Pakistan as exemplifying patriotism and unparalleled courage.
He deemed the outcome of the ten-year man hunt the "most significant achievement to date in the fight against al Qaeda".
Apparently the tip about the Al Qaeda leader's whereabouts first came last August.
Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks which left 3,000 people dead.
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