- The Washington Times - Monday, May 2, 2011

India on Monday welcomed news of Osama bin Laden’s death as a “historic development” and “victorious milestone” in the global war against terrorism.

His death “brings to closure an almost decade-long search for the head of al Qaeda,” said a spokesman for the Indian Foreign Ministry.

“Over the years, thousands of innocent lives of men, women and children have been tragically lost at the hands of terrorist groups,” he added.

The spokesman warned that bin Laden’s death does not mark the end to the war against Islamic terrorism.

“The world must not let down its united effort to overcome terrorism and eliminate the safe havens and sanctuaries that have been provided to terrorists in our own neighborhood. The struggle must continue unabated,” he added.

Indian intelligence officials have for years said that senior al Qaeda leaders, including Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman Al-Zawahiri, were living comfortably in Pakistan and not in a cave in the rugged, mountainous tribal belt in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.

Two top al Qaeda operatives — Abu Faraj Al-Libbi and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — were both captured in residential areas in Pakistan.

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