Nearly 10 years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the terrorist attack, is dead, President Barack Obama announced in a televised address late Sunday night.
Meanwhile, Dearborn residents began to gather in front of around midnight, waving American flags on Michigan Avenue and soliciting honking horns from passing motorists.
"It felt good because I'm an American and I can trust this country for whatever I need," said resident Toufeq Ahmed on hearing the news of bin Laden's death. "I support it all the way."
President Obama confirmed that the United States launched a targeted mission Sunday and killed Bin Laden, and his body is in American hands. He spoke about the fact that Americans of all backgrounds and all faiths should be celebrating.
"Our war is not against Islam," Obama said in his national address. "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al-Qaida has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.
"Tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11," he continued. "I know that it has, at times, frayed, yet today's achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country."
The President also added, "Justice has been done."
CNN reports late Sunday night showed spontaneous singing of the national anthem outside the White House as the crowds waited for Obama to appear.
“Osama bin Laden murdered thousands of Americans, yet evaded justice for years," Sen. Debbie Stabenow said in a statement Sunday night. "Our country is united in gratitude to the brave men and women of our intelligence and counterterrorism community and our troops for their sacrifices in keeping us safe from terror.”
Gatherers in front of City Hall Sunday night said they plan to hold a larger rally in the same area Monday afternoon, although an official time has not been set.