WASHINGTON, D.C. —
Osama Bin Laden is dead.
President Barack Obama made the dramatic late-night announcement Sunday from the East Room of the White House, ending the long, elusive international manhunt for the leader of the al Qaida terror organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“Justice has been done,” Obama said in an 10-minute address shortly before midnight.
Bin Laden, perhaps the most reviled man in the eyes of Americans, also was sought for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in east Africa.
A small team of U.S. operatives killed Bin Laden Sunday in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after a firefight, took custody of his body and confirmed his identity, Obama said. The president said a possible lead to Obama’s whereabouts emerged last August but took “many months” to run down.
He determined last week that there was enough intelligence to take action, he said. Sunday’s targeted operation went down without harm to Americans and without civilian casualties, he said.
Celebratory crowds flocked outside the gates of the White House, waving American flags and singing the national anthem.
“The United States is not and never will be at war with Islam,” Obama said. “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”
Obama said the Pakistani government had cooperated with the United States to make the operation possible.
Bin Laden has been the target of history’s most intense international manhunt, an operation that’s focused on the remote tribal areas of Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.
While Bin Laden’s death will represent a major blow to the international terrorist network that he led, U.S. officials have long said that it will not end the threat of Islamic extremism because al Qaida has metastasized into lethal branches based in Yemen and North Africa, and has inspired militants around the world.
Bin Laden’s death also represents a major boost for Obama, coming as he struggles with an uncertain economic recovery and mixed public sentiment about the U.S. approach to civilian uprisings in Libya through the Mideast and North Africa.
But Bin Laden’s death is unlikely to alter the course of the insurgency in neighboring Afghanistan, where al Qaida has been playing a secondary role to the Taliban and allied militant groups.
WASHINGTON, D.C. —
Osama Bin Laden is dead.
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ME rules in Edmond murder-suicide case
A medical examiner’s office spokesman has released the formal findings in the murder-suicide discovered Monday in an Oak Tree-area home.
Police ID residents found in upscale Edmond home
Authorities have identified the two residents in an apparent murder-suicide discovered Monday in an Oak Tree-area home.
Tuesday afternoon, Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe identified Kenneth Frame, 55, and Pamela Frame, 64, as the residents discovered in the home at 5509 Fairway Drive in the Highlands addition, located near the Oak Tree Country Club golf course.
“There is no other new information the case as of this afternoon,” Monroe said.
UPDATE: Police find murder-suicide at Oak Tree area home
UPDATE as of 5:06 p.m.: Edmond Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide Monday at an upscale Oak Tree area home, a police spokeswoman said.
Police have not released the names of the two victims found inside the home at 5509 Fairway Drive in the Highlands addition. At about 8:30 a.m. Monday, the Edmond Police Department received a call for a welfare check at the address, spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said.
OHP: S.H. 74 reopens
State Highway 74 between Industrial Road and Prairie Grove Road in Logan County has been shut down due to smoke blowing across the roaddway, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. It was closed at 2:12 p.m.
Logan Co. residents protect property from massive wildfire
Paul Barber and Tabitha Diamond were on their way home from the Rose Rock Music Festival in Noble when they saw smoke fearfully near their home.
They live near the East Camp Drive-North Midwest Boulevard intersection in Logan County, dangerously close to the smoke plume blowing from south to north. The closer they got the more they were worried.
Wildfire continues to threaten Logan County homes
A wildfire continues to ravage the east side of Interstate 35 from Seward Road on west into Logan County. Multiple homes have either succumbed to fire or are in danger at this time. Fire crews from Guthrie, Edmond, Oak Cliff and other agencies are responding to the several hundred-acre blaze as homeowners continue to evacuate from the area.
UPDATE: Police make 2 arrests in Edmond home assault
Police are hunting for two suspects wanted in a home assault in Edmond, a search that involved a partial lockdown at an Oklahoma City school Friday morning, sources said.
Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said officers from Edmond were working a manhunt for the suspects in Oklahoma City.
Police search for suspects in home assault
Officers are looking for several armed suspects wanted for questioning in an incident involving the assault of two residents, police said.
Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday residents in a condominium located near the Edmond Road-Kelly intersection on Dustin Drive awoke to find a family member and several unknown males in the house.
One of the suspects grabbed a rifle and held a female resident at gunpoint and the male resident was physically assaulted, Monroe said. Several cell phones and a gun are believed to have been stolen from the home, Monroe said.
Monroe said officers were looking for the suspects and developing description information.
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Injuries reported after shooting at Fort Hood in Texas
A military representative has confirmed that there was a shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, today.
The Bell County Sheriff’s Office told the Los Angeles Times that there were injuries on the scene. The number of casualties is not known.
A Twitter message from the base advised all personnel to shelter in place.
Family members gathered near the main gate of the sprawling military base as a stream of police cars approached. Service members throughout the base were not permitted to leave their offices and quarters, and those outdoors were immediately ushered inside.
FBI searches for IBC bank robbery suspects
A bank robbery took place at about 2:30 p.m. at the IBC Bank, 1812 E. 15th Street, according to James E. Finch, Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Division of the FBI.
The Edmond Police Department is assisting in the investigation.
No one was injured during the bank robbery. The subjects were last seen fleeing the bank, heading east on East 15th Street.
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