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The broadcast networks interrupted their regularly scheduled programming Sunday night for an announcement that shocked the world: Osama Bin Laden is dead.
President Obama was to announce the news at a White House press conference that was supposed to start at 10:30 p.m. ET. The news conference was delayed, but multiple networks interrupted their programming to report the news based on information given to them by sources and officials.
Obama finally appeared on TV screens at 11:35 p.m. ET — the announcement also was streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov — to make the official announcement: “Tonight I can report to the American people that Osama bin Laden is dead.”
Obama said that last week, intelligence had been gathered as to Bin Laden’s whereabouts in Pakistan. Earlier Sunday, after a firefight, a “small team of Americans” killed Bin Laden and “took custody of his body.” Obama said no Americans were harmed and the team “took care to prevent casualties.”
Lara Logan reported for CBS News, in her first story since returning to work last after being sexually assaulted in Egypt in February. Her first appearance in a reporting capacity came immediately after her taped interview for 60 Minutes — the first interview she’s given since the attack — concluded on the West Coast.
Also covering for CBS News are Russ Mitchell and David Martin.
At press time, NBC News’ Brian Williams was the only evening news anchor on the air. David Gregory, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell also are handling coverage for NBC News.
George Stephanopoulos, Jake Tapper and Brian Ross are reporting for ABC News.
According to Ross, U.S. officials subpoenaed DNA from bin Laden’s sister who died in a Boston hospital in order to positively identify the body.
The news comes nearly 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon masterminded by Bin Laden.
In a statement, former President George W. Bush, who was president at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks, said: “This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world.”
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