By FOX Carolina Staff
GREENVILLE, S.C.Residents and leaders of the western Carolinas are sharing the relief and pride felt by many Americans over the death of Osama bin Laden -- the man accused of leading the group behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that a U.S.-led military operation killed the leader of al-Qaida.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley released a statement about the milestone in the war on terror.
"Justice has been served," Haley said. "While this does not mean the war on terror is over, it is positive news and a great credit to the men and women fighting our enemies, day in and day out."
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he was called by Vice President Joe Biden and told of bin Laden's death.
"The message of tonight is, 'If you do harm to the American people, there is no safe place to hide,'" Graham said in a phone interview with FOX Carolina. "(There is) no passage of time that will keep you from meeting justice."
Graham's fellow Sen. Jim DeMint called bin Laden's death a confirmation to freedom's enemies around the world about the inevitable end of a life of terror.
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"Like all Americans, my thoughts and prayer tonight go out to the families of the thousands of people who have been murdered by bin Laden and his al-Qaida accomplices, both in the terror plots he orchestrated and the ongoing war he started," DeMint said.
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said bin Laden's death is an important victory in the fight against al-Qaida.
"Osama bin Laden represented a grave threat to our national security and was an enemy to the cause of freedom around the world," Gowdy said. "After nearly a decade, evil has been brought to justice."
Gowdy's fellow Rep. Jeff Duncan called bin Laden one of the most evil men sine Adolf Hitler.
"I commend President Obama, former President Bush, the United States military and our intelligence community on a job well done," Duncan said. "Osama bin Laden's death is a victory for freedom around the world."
North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr said bin Laden's death the culmination of the greatest manhunt ever undertaken by American forces.
"This is a major development in our fight against terrorism and proves our resolve to hold accountable those who harm American citizens," Burr said in a statement. "We must remain vigilant and not lose focus on the overall mission and our goal of eradicating terrorist threats."
Many people who were enjoying breakfast at Tommy's Ham House in Greenville on Monday morning said they are relieved at bin Laden's death, but said they are worried about more terrorist attacks in retaliation. Others said they are proud to be Americans.
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