Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta was filled with hundreds of al-Qaida
supporters, as they rallied to commemorate the second anniversary of Osama bin
Laden’s death on Thursday, AFP reported.
The rally consisted of 450
participants and was organized by a pro-Taliban faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam.
AFP cited the crowd as chanting, “Long live Islamic jihad and long live Mulla
Omar,” and many of them held photos of bin Laden.
“We are observing death
anniversary of an Islamic hero, who was killed by American and Pakistani
agents,” Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s central secretary for information, Maulana Abdul
Sattar Chisti, said at the ceremony.
Last year, on the first anniversary
of bin Laden’s capture by US troops, President Barack Obama warned America of
further hardship ahead in Afghanistan but told them “there is a light on the
“Not only were we able to drive al-Qaida out of Afghanistan, but
slowly and systematically we have been able to decimate the ranks of al-Qaida,
and a year ago we were able to finally to bring Osama bin Laden to justice,”
Obama said to cheers.
Bin Laden was killed in a US-led operation on on
May 2, 2011, less than two hours’ drive from Islamabad, after 10 years of of
being one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, putting Pakistani officials
under pressure to explain how he could have lived so close to their
Bin Laden is said to be the mastermind behind 9/11, the most
deadly terrorist attack America ever endured. The attack left almost 3,000
people dead after two commercial aircrafts slammed into the World Trade Center
in New York City, one into the Pentagon in Washington, and a fourth into a field
The latter was believed to be headed to the White
Reuters contributed to this report.
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