The news came just a little before midnight on March 1: Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the devastating terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was dead. After a decade of eluding capture by America’s and its allies’ forces, the al-Qaeda leader was killed in a U.S. special forces attack on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

“Justice has been done,” said President Obama in a press conference announcing the operation and its outcome.

The announcement has sent shockwaves across the world, eliciting myriad reactions, questions about the circumstances of bin Laden’s death and burial at sea, and even conspiracy theories. Here, area residents and organizations share their thoughts on the matter:

 
Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Executive, Maryland 
“Prince Georgians, like all Americans, are united as they were 3,520 days ago on September, 11, 2001. As we recognize the significance of the news today, we remember the victims and heroes of 9/11 and those who have served and continue to serve this county. Although Osama bin Laden is dead, we must remain vigilant in our protection of the homeland. In Prince George’s County, our residents remain steadfast in support of our Commander in Chief, our service members, police and firefighters today as they did nearly a decade ago.  Today is a significant moment in the history of our country and another reason to realize that we are all blessed to be Americans. God Bless America.””

Sean Holcomb-Jones, 28. Program Coordinator, Columbia, Md.
“The Death of Osama Bin Laden is a strong blow to Al-Queda and terrorism networks across the globe.Historically the death of a great leader has slowed the movement that they represent down significantly in the future. I also believe this is the 1st step in President Obama gaining political cover to start a draw down of troops in Afghanistan to match the initial timeline for withdraw he gave earlier in his presidency.”

Nikki Robinson, 33, Analyst, Glenarden, Md.
“I’m pleased that our President and his administration were able to complete the task of capturing Bin Laden. However, I believe that it doesn’t end our fight, or the world’s fight, against terrorism. ”