Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan on Sunday, ending a nearly 10-year worldwide hunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks [Reuters]

Barack Obama, the US president, said Osama bin Laden, the most-wanted fugitive on the US list, had been killed on Sunday in a US operation in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, about 61km north of Islamabad.

"The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date against al-Qaeda," Obama said.

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Source: Al Jazeera