- The Washington Times - Monday, May 2, 2011

The “world is a safer place” with the death of Osama bin Laden, and the U.S. attack on the world’s most wanted terrorist leader shows such “crimes do not remain unpunished,” European leaders said Monday.

“Osama Bin Laden was a criminal responsible for heinous terrorist attacks that cost the lives of thousands of innocent people,” said Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, in a joint statement.

“His death makes the world a safer place and shows that such crimes do not remain unpunished.”

They promised that the European Union will continue to cooperate with the United States in the war on terrorism.

“This is a major achievement in our efforts to rid the world of terrorism,” they said.

“The European Union continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States, our international partners and our friends in the Muslim world in combating the scourge of global extremism and in building a world of peace, security and prosperity for all.”

Al Qaeda has killed and injured thousands in several attacks in Europe. The most deadly were the March 11, 2004, bombing of commuter trains in Madrid, which killed 191 and injured 1,800, and the July 7, 2005, bombings of the London subway system and a city bus, which killed 56 people and injured about 700.

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