NEW DELHI - India Monday described Al Qaida terrorist network chief Osama bin Laden's killing as a "historic" and "victorious milestone" in the global war against terrorism.
"President (Barack) Obama of the US has just announced that his government has conducted a successful operation that has resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan... This operation brings to closure an almost decade-long search for the head of the al Qaida," Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said in a statement.
"Over the years, thousands of innocent lives of men, women and children have been tragically lost at the hands of terrorist groups," the minister added.
Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram said in a statement that perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks, including the controllers and handlers of the terrorists, continue to be sheltered in Pakistan.
He said that earlier Monday the US government informed New Delhi that Osama bin Laden had been killed by security forces somewhere "deep inside Pakistan."
"After the September 11, 2001 terror attack, the US had a reason to seek Osama bin Laden and bring him and his accomplices to justice," the statement said.