UN chief Ban hails bin Laden death as 'watershed'

By REUTERS
May 2, 2011 19:02

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday hailed Osama bin Laden's death as a key turning point in the world's struggle against terrorism.

"The death of Osama bin Laden, announced by President (Barack) Obama last night, is a watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism," Ban told reporters.

US officials said late on Sunday that bin Laden had been killed in a US assault on his Pakistani compound on Monday, then quickly buried at sea.

"The crimes of al Qaida touched most continents, bringing tragedy and loss of life to thousands of men, women and children," Ban said.


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