KABUL, Afghanistan – Osama bin Laden’s death drew a mix of celebration and relief from his enemies around the world, shock among his followers, and warnings that his demise would not bring an end to terrorist attacks.
Spontaneous, celebratory rallies broke out in New York City at ground zero, where the World Trade Center towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, and outside the White House where President Barack Obama announced bin Laden’s slaying in a helicopter raid in Pakistan.
“This is justice,” Filipino Cookie Micaller said in the Philippine capital, Manila, where she wept and remembered her sister who perished at the World Trade Center. She added that terrorist attacks probably would continue: “I don’t think this is going to stop.”
Hardline followers and sympathizers of bin Laden expressed shock and dismay or vowed revenge. “My heart is broken,” Mohebullah, a Taliban fighter-turned-farmer in Ghazni province of eastern Afghanistan, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “In the past, we heard a lot of rumors about his death, but if he did die, it is a disaster and a black day.” Click here to continue reading.