Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in a firefight Sunday with U.S. forces in Pakistan, ending a manhunt that spanned a decade. Here are some local reactions from Sunday night after President Barack Obama announced the news:
Taj Khan, Lodi Muslim
“I’m glad he has departed from this world, and the world will be a safer place.
“All the people of Pakistan are going to be really happy. A lot of people have died in Pakistan for the last five or six years.”
Naheem “Nick” Qayyum , Lodi Muslim Mosque treasurer
“The guy was evil. In a way I’m glad it was the United States military that got him because of 9/11 — he was pretty much the mastermind behind that. He was using Islam, and he was evil. I hope we can move toward some kind of a peace.”
Greg Coumas, Lockeford resident whose son, Kyle, was killed in 2009 in Afghanistan
“Lori and I are both incredibly proud of the soldiers who are fighting. President Bush had the guts to square off with these guys. This country isn’t going to lay down.”