Hoosiers React to News of Bin Laden’s Death

Indiana politicians and residents are expressing relief after learning of the death of Osama Bin Laden.

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People in New York City gathered at Ground Zero after learning about the death of Osama Bin Laden.

There’s rejoicing across the country this morning as Americans learn of the death of Osama Bin Laden. Here in Indiana, Hoosiers are expressing relief.

“Makes me happy. Makes me real hopeful that the rest of these guys can get caught.”

Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed thousands of Americans. He was killed in his luxury hideout in Pakistan early Monday in a fire fight with US forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a decade.

Indiana Senators Richard Lugar and Dan Coats both released written statements after learning of Bin Laden’s death. Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Bin Laden’s death “welcome news,” but went on to say, ” … his death in no way eliminates the threat from the terrorism he espoused.”

Coats, said the news of Bin Laden’s death was something people have been waiting to hear since learning that he was responsible for the September 11th terrorist attacks. Coats said following the loss of 3000 Americans, the U.S. government pledged to capture Bin Laden, and the success of the mission is the result of the work of intelligence officers and America’s military men and women.

 

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