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Death of Osama Bin Laden

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has issued a statement on the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for some of the worst terrorist atrocities in the world including the 9/11 attack, was killed in a US operation in Pakistan.

Mr Clegg said the successful US operation was a “major step forward” but he said we all need to continue to be as vigilant as ever in the fight against terrorism.

The Deputy PM said:

There will be a great sense of relief today that Osama Bin Laden, a man who wrought so much destruction and who spread such a vile, hate filled ideology, can no longer do so.

This successful US operation is a major step forward and a serious blow to Al Qaeda but it does not mean that the struggle against terrorism is over. We will all need to continue to be as vigilant as ever in the fight against terrorism.

At this time our thoughts go out to all of those in the UK and other countries who have suffered, directly and indirectly, from the violence that Bin Laden inflicted on the world.