Al-Qaida Confirms Death of Osama Bin Laden

In an internet statement posted on militant websites, al-Qaida terrorist group says bin Laden's blood 'will not be wasted' and that it will continue to attack U.S. targets and their allies.

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Al-Qaida has issued its first confirmation of Osama bin Laden's death in an Internet statement posted on militant websites, dispelling doubts and conspiracy theories that the Islamist leader did not actually die.

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Osama bin Laden during a 1998 press conference in Afghanistan. Credit: AP

Friday's statement by the terror network says "holy warrior" bin Laden's blood "will not be wasted" and it will continue attacking Americans and their allies.

Al-Qaida said in the online statement that bin Laden's blood is "is more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain".

The statement continued, saying "it will remain, with permission from Allah the Almighty, a curse that hunts the Americans and their collaborators and chases them inside and outside their country."

Al-Qaida added it would soon release an audio tape from bin Laden, made a week before he was killed by U.S. forces.

"Before the sheikh passed from this world and before he could share with the Islamic nation in its joys over its revolutions in the face of the oppressors, he recorded a voice recording of congratulations and advice which we will publish soon, God willing," the militant group said.

In the statement al-Qaida urged Pakistanis to rise up against their government to "cleanse" the country of what it called the shame brought on it by bin Laden's shooting and of the "filth of the Americans who spread corruption in it".

Bin Laden was killed Monday by U.S. commandos during a raid on his hideout in Pakistan.

The statement urged the United States not to harm bin Laden's corpse, or harm any of his family members be they living or dead. Al-Qaida then asked that the bodies of those killed in the raid to their families.

U.S. officials say bin Laden's body has been buried at sea.

Also on Friday, U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles into a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, killing at least eight suspected militants.

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