3 May 2011

Families welcome news of bin Laden's death

3:39 pm on 3 May 2011

New Zealand families of victims of terrorist attacks carried out by al Qaeda or groups affiliated with it have welcomed news of Osama bin Laden's death but are concerned about the consequences.

The leader of al Qaeda was killed in a raid by US Special Forces on his compound in Pakistan.

United States president Barack Obama made the announcement in Washington late on Sunday night (local time).

Alan Beaven was one of those who died on 11 September 2001 on the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

His brother, Ralph Beaven of Auckland, says bin Laden's death brings some sense of relief and justice.

Jared Gane, of Blenheim, was 27 when he was killed in the 2002 Bali bombing carried out by the Jemaah Islamiah group which has links to al Qaeda.

His father, Alastair Gane, says he was pleased to hear the news of bin Laden's death, but believes there will be consequences.

Bamyan people happy - NZ commander

The New Zealand commander in Bamyan province in Afghanistan says people there are very happy with the news of the death of bin Laden.

Lieutenant Colonel Hugh McAslan of the Provincial Reconstruction Team says the Hazara people suffered considerably under Taliban rule during the 1990s.

He says so far, there has been no trouble to contend with.