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U.N. Secretary Reacts to Death of Osama bin Laden

May 2, 2011

Ban reacts:

U.N. chief Ban hails bin Laden death as “watershed”
 12:08pm EDT
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. 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.

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

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

“This a day to remember the victims and families of victims here in the United States and everywhere in the world,” he added.

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