Osama bin Laden first came to world attention in 1998 with twin embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, and many in Kenya - where annual commemorations are held in honour of the 218 killed - expressed joy at his demise.

“That is the best news that I have heard over the past 12 years,” said Charles Muriuki, whose mother died in the embassy blast. Mary Wanjiru Muriuki was killed after the suicide truck bombing at the embassy brought down the adjoining building.

Cabinet minister Joseph Kamotho, who was injured in the attack, said he was happy to hear the news but worried about retaliatory attacks.

“We should not celebrate the killing of Osama to the point where we forget to take precautions,” Mr. Kamotho urged. “The world needs to be vigilant.” John Githongo, Kenya’s leading anti-corruption activist, said in an email: “It’s usually un-African to celebrate someone’s death. But his departure makes me think of the families of the thousands of Kenyans who were killed or maimed during the bombings in 1998 who can now find a kind of peace.” Official reaction to the news was positive, with Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga saying the killing would help salve the wounds of the victims.

Mr. Kibaki said: “I commend all those people behind the tracking down and killing of Osama bin Laden. His killing is an act of justice to those Kenyans who lost their lives and the many more who suffered injuries.” But Mr. Odinga warned more must be done to bring stability to Somalia, where fighters linked to al-Qaeda are waging an insurgency.

Copyright: Guardian News & Media 2011


Bin laden’s end will crush extremists: PhilippinesMay 3, 2011

For al-Qaeda's victims, a long sought for closureMay 3, 2011

Osama's death a gift to resurgent al-QaedaMay 3, 2011

‘His death will break the iron fist of al-Qaeda in Iraq’May 3, 2011

Outburst of respect from Bush-era RepublicansMay 3, 2011

Trial should have been held, says Egypt’s Muslim BrotherhoodMay 3, 2011

Proof of Pakistan sheltering terrorists: Congress, BJP May 3, 2011

Eliminate terror havens: KrishnaMay 3, 2011

How did Osama live undetected in Pakistan, asks KaratMay 3, 2011

The most wanted face of terrorismMay 2, 2011

Osama's death may help split Taliban from al-Qaeda: analystMay 3, 2011

Inconceivable that Osama had no support system in Pakistan: U.S.May 3, 2011

'U.S. must pull out of Afghanistan, Iraq'May 2, 2011

Killing of Osama a politically irrelevant event, say Arab pro-democracy activistsMay 2, 2011

Sarkozy hails U.S. tenacityMay 2, 2011

Pak authorities keep mum on Osama’s killingMay 2, 2011

Osama's killing a major success: Russia May 2, 2011

Presidents, present and past, hail “justice done”May 2, 2011

Laden’s death is blow to terror, says KarzaiMay 2, 2011

Pakistan calls Osama killing a U.S. operationMay 2, 2011

U.S. leaders react to bin Laden's deathMay 2, 2011

World cheers bin Laden's death as victoryMay 2, 2011

Mood of vindication and apprehension in New DelhiMay 2, 2011

Bush reacts to news of bin Laden's deathMay 2, 2011

China focuses on stability in Pakistan May 2, 2011

More In: International | News