The Washington Times - May 2, 2011, 11:22AM

Maryland officials praised military members Monday who successfully hunted down and killed Osama bin Laden but called for continued vigilance in the nation’s battle against terrorism.

Bin Laden was shot and killed Sunday morning in Pakistan during a raid executed by Navy SEALS, according to U.S. officials. President Obama provided details during a nationally televised address late Sunday night.

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Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday in a statement Monday the al Qaeda leader’s death “closes a sad and tragic chapter in our country and our world’s history.”

Bin Laden was buried at sea Monday, according to U.S. officials.

“Commend the men and women of our armed forces and the dedicated public servants of our nation’s security agencies,” said Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat. “This should be a day of reflection and prayer for a more peaceful future.”

The state’s national legislators also weighed in, calling bin Laden’s death an important milestone and victory for Americans who have lived with the threat of, or been directly affected by, terrorism - particularly the Sept. 11 attacks executed by al Qaeda.

“That terrible day has been seared into our memory,” Democratic Rep. Steny H. Hoyer said Sunday in a statement, “and I hope Osama bin Laden’s death brings some measure of comfort to the families of those killed on 9/11 - and to everyone across America who wanted to see him brought to justice.

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, said Sunday night in a statement that while bin Laden’s death brings great relief to many, it does not end the threat of terrorism.

“Osama bin Laden was a murderer who devoted his life to the destruction of freedom, democracy and our way of life,” Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat, said Sunday night in a statement.

“Tonight all Americans can feel safer knowing that bin Laden is dead, but we must remain vigilant in the continued fight against al-Qaeda and any terrorists who seek to harm our nation.”