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In pictures: Reactions to bin Laden's death

Osama bin Laden's death sparked a mixture of celebrations and mourning across the globe.

The death of Osama bin Laden has provoked mixed reactions around the globe, welcomed by some - and mourned by others.

His demise came at a time when it was least expected; amid revolutions, economic crises, and an ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan, that has lasted just shy of ten years.

He was reportedly found in a home close to a Pakistani military base in Abbottabad, Afghanistan, and apparently died instantly from gunshot wounds.

Though there remains speculation about al-Qaeda's strength after his death, there is now a sense of relief among many citizens of the US and its geopolitical allies.

In London, the English Defence League countered the protests of some Muslims by holding banners reading: "Justice has been served". And in India, pro-US groups celebrated jubilantly at the news.

However, his supporters and those sympathetic to him remain in many countries, including in the West. Bin Laden supporters in London were quick to gather and refer to him as a "martyr".

In east Asia, members of the Pakistani Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami held protests in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Quetta.

In Somalia and Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood has become more popular since the revolution, angry protests were witnessed on the streets.

Burial controversy

Although gatherings mostly addressed the death of bin Laden, some Muslims gathered in protest of the manner in which he was killed.

According to military sources, the burial was performed with Islamic rites: his body was placed in a white sheet and prayers were read for his soul. Yet his body was reportedly released into the sea - an unorthodox way of buying the Muslim dead. When a Muslim dies, the body is usually buried directly in the ground, unless the individual is already travelling on the sea.

One Muslim cleric, Omar Bakri Mohammed of Lebanon, has said that the sea burial was "a way for Americans to humiliate Muslims".

In the Pakistan and the Philippines, many Muslims gathered to pray for bin Laden's soul due to his "improper burial".

US reaction

Residents of the United States, especially New Yorkers, largely responded to the news with great enthusiasm.

On September 11, 2011, a memorial is to be completed where the Twin Towers once stood. The memorial will serve as a place for families and others to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died on that day.

Though many celebrants took to the streets, some chose to visit the graves of fallen soldiers and 9/11 victims. Memorial sites in Boston and in Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed, also attracted visitors.

For many in the US, bin Laden's death marked the defeat of the "world's most wanted man".

Yet supporters will likely see his death as a motivatating factor to continue their violence. Nevertheless, his death marks the end of a man with much power and prowess, whose deadly attacks changed the world forever.

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