PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Many people are celebrating around the country after the death of Osama bin Laden.

On Sunday, President Barack Obama announced that a group of elite counter-terrorism troops had carried out a mission that resulted in Bin Laden’s death.

Now, local political leaders are responding to the news.

Governor Tom Corbett said justice had been vindicated with the death of Bin Laden.

“Nothing we say today can come close to matching the eloquence with which the actions of our armed forces spoke last night. Americans remember. There is no waiting them out. What happened on Sept. 11, 2001, will not be forgotten. The message remains: the injustice of terror will be answered by the justice of American response,” Corbett said.

Congressman Tim Murphy recently returned from Israel after meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Among the topics discussed were concerns about terrorism in the Middle East.

Murphy issued a statement about Bin Laden’s death Monday morning.

“The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the United States military sends an unmistakable message to terrorists everywhere: America will not stop until the mission is complete. And we will continue this effort so long as terrorism remains a threat to freedom-loving people around the globe,” the statement said.

Murphy goes on to say that Bin Laden’s death may bring some closure to those affected by the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

He also cautions that terrorist groups are still active and that the United States must continue to combat them.

“A grateful nation today commends the work of our armed forces for their service and sacrifice for a job well done. Both President Bush and Obama are to be commended for leadership in seeing this effort through to the end. But we must also recognize that terrorist groups like al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and other terror cells remain active and engaged in terrorist activities, therefore, our vigilance to combating terrorism must remain. Now is not the time to let down our guard or to stop our pursuit of ending terrorism in all forms.”


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