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COPY-White House: Bin Laden is dead

WASHINGTON (RNN) - Osama Bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attack and Al-Qaeda leader has been killed, according to media reports.

Bin Laden is believed to have been killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces, according to confirmed reports from ABC, CBS and NBC news. 

The media organizations also reported Sunday evening that Bin Laden's body has been identified by DNA testing and is now in U.S. custody.

According to ABC News, the drone attack that killed Bin Laden occurred several days ago and killed about 25 Al-Qaeda officials.

"Well, this is a terrific day for America, and quite frankly the whole world that cares about winning the war on terror," said Andy Card, chief of staff of former President George W. Bush, to ABC.

President Barack Obama will address the nation Sunday with the announcement.

According to NBC news, throngs of people gathered outside the White House Sunday evening and sang the national anthem and Queen's "We Are the Champions."

Bin Laden is widely regarded as the No. 1 enemy of the U.S. The news of his death comes nearly ten years after the start after the start of the Afghanistan War.

Bin Laden is also wanted by the FBI in connection with a trio of bombings on U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. The attacks, which killed more than 200, occurred on Aug. 7, 1998.

The FBI advertised a $25 million reward for information leading to Bin Laden's capture.

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