<<opening for eyewitness news at six>>
"We are reminded that we are fortunate to have Americans who dedicate their lives to protecting ours. They volunteer, they train, they endure separation from their families. They take extraordinary risks so that we can be safe."
PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD ARE CELEBRATING THE DEATH OF TERRORIST LEADER OSAMA BIN LADEN TONIGHT.
PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IT WAS A GOOD DAY FOR AMERICA... AND THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE.
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
U-S LEADERS RELEASED NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE DEATH OF AL-QAEDA LEADER OSAMA BIN LADEN.
THEY ALSO SAY THEY HAVE PROOF THAT NAVY SEALS KILLED BIN LADEN DURING A FIREFIGHT AT A MANSION OUTSIDE ISLAMABAD.
HIS BODY WAS IDENTIFIED BY ONE OF HIS WIVES... AS WELL AS
D-N-A AND FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY.
HE WAS LATER BURIED ... HIS BODY RELEASED FROM AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN THE ARABIAN SEA.
PHOTOS WERE TAKEN OF BIN LADEN'S BODY BEFORE IT WAS BURIED.
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS STILL DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO RELEASE THOSE PHOTOS TO THE PUBLIC.
OFFICIALS ARE WARNING LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE U-S THAT BIN LADEN'S DEATH WILL LIKELY INSPIRE HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS IN THE U-S TO TRY AND CARRY OUT ATTACKS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
THE F-B-I AND DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUED A JOINT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN TODAY. IT SAYS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAS NO INFORMATION OF ADVANCED TERROR PLOTS OF THE U-S.
MANY AROUND THE WORLD ARE JOINING THE PRAISE OF AMERICAN FORCES... WHO CARRIED OUT THE RAID AND KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN...
THAT INCLUDES A LOCAL MUSLIM SPIRITUAL LEADER.
VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS WHY THE IMAM OF A CENTRAL GEORGIA ISLAMIC CENTER IS CALLING TODAY "A DAY OF JUSTICE."
Fofana "Hearing that he's gone is a big relief for everybody."
PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED FOR IMAM ADAM FOFANA...
THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE ISLAMIC CENTER OF MIDDLE GEORGIA SAYS HE HOPES THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN WILL BE A TURNING POINT FOR THE WORLD.
"I see him as someone who has miscalculated everything, misjudged everything, seen the world in a very narrow angle."
FOFANA SAYS THE AL-QAIDA LEADER'S TERRORISTIC ATTACKS HAVE HURT MANY... BUT HAVE DONE MORE DAMAGE TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.
"From within our faith, he has killed a lot of our faith members. And from outside our faith, he makes the rest of the world look to the Muslims as if they believe in this kind of thing."
WHICH THE MAJORITY DON'T.. HE SAYS. THAT'S WHY HE HOPES THE END OF BIN LADEN... WILL MEAN THE BEGINNING OF A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF ISLAM.
Fofana "They have hijacked Islam and they are responsible for many backlash, which Muslims have to endure and go through."
SO WITH ONE PRAYER ANSWERED... FOFANA SAYS HE HAS ANOTHER.
"I will not like to see any other kind of group like that emerging or any other leader like that emerging."
HE'S GLAD TO SEE THE FALL OF ONE TYRANT... HE SAYS... WHO NEVER HAD THE RIGHT TO BE A LEADER.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> SOME MUSLIM SCHOLARS SAY BIN LADEN'S BURIAL AT SEA GOES AGAINST THEIR RELIGION.
BUT FOFANA SAYS HE'S NOT AGAINST HOW THE U-S HANDLED THE BURIAL...
HE SAYS BURYING BIN LADEN ON LAND COULD TURN HIS TOMB...INTO A PLACE FOR PILGRIMAGE.
THE NEWS OF BIN LADEN'S DEATH BROUGHT PAINFUL MEMORIES FOR TWO BIBB COUNTY ASSISTANT CORONERS.
TEN YEARS AGO...THEY HELPED IDENTIFY VICTIMS OF SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH.
CANDACE ADORKA HAS MORE ON THEIR REACTION TO LAST NIGHT'S NEWS.
***nats of NY***
"911 I remember it very well."
MACON CITY COUNCILMAN LONNIE MILEY SAYS HIS MANY YEARS AS A FUNERAL HOME DIRECTOR AND A BIBB COUNTY ASSISTANT CORONER DID NOT PREPARE HIM FOR 9-11.
"because of the massive deaths all at once. Dealing with so many families' tragedy."
HE AND HIS BROTHER RONNIE WERE DEPLOYED TO NEW YORK AS PART OF A TEAM THAT IDENTIFIED AND PROCESSED THE BODIES.
"it was like you were going into a movie scene. I mean it was unreal... the burning, the smouldering."
LONNIE SAYS IT'S GOING TO TAKE MORE THAT BIN LADEN'S DEATH TO ERASE THE PAIN HE SAW.
"I really dont know if closure can ever be brought when you lose someone, but it brings a degree of closure to the family members to know that the person responsible for their loved ones is now dead."
RONNIE SAYS BIN LADEN'S DEATH IS THE END OF AN ERA... BUT NOT AN EXCUSE TO BECOME COMPLACENT.
"we must staty alert just because one person is killed or as someone stated earlier today... because the head of the snake has been removed, if peopel undertsand the nature of any snake it still takes a while for the body to die."
LONNIE SAYS THE NEWS BROUGHT MIXED FEELINGS.
"relief that he's gone, but remembering that that is a day they will never forget."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> RONNIE AND LONNIE MILEY SPENT TIME IN NEW YORK FOR SIX WEEKS IN 2001.
THEY SAY THE PROCESS OF IDENTIFYING THE BODIES WENT ON FOR MONTHS AFTER THEY LEFT.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE IS STEPPING UP ITS SECURITY AFTER BIN LADEN'S DEATH.
SPOKESMAN JOHN BIRDSONG SAYS THE BASE IS IN FORCE PROTECTION CONDITION BRAVO. THAT'S THE THIRD OF FIVE SECURITY LEVELS..
BUT HE SAID THEY WILL NOT REVEAL WHICH STEPS THEY'RE TAKING.
HE SAYS TRAFFIC ALONG HIGHWAY 247 AND THE ENTRANCE TO ROBINS MAY BE AFFECTED DURING THE ALERT.
MANY OF YOU ARE ALSO SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN...
Drew Kempen, Duluth "I like knowing that no terroist is going to be gonna just lie back and say well I'll just hide the rest of my life that we will find you eventually you're going to pay for it"
Connie Turner, Monroe County "I'm just tickled to death and I really hate to say that over someone being killed but if anyone derserved it I think that he did."
Bob Morgan, Birmingham "I feel like its kinda like a mound of ants you know you kill the one ant and you think that's going to be it but there are so many new you know imitations."
Charmecia Anderson, Macon " I Kinda feel a little safer but then the world is really not safe."
Alicia Steckler, Macon "It made me feel relief like justice was served."
TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
DO YOU FEEL SAFER NOW WITH OSAMA BIN LADEN DEAD?
SO FAR 81 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
AND 19 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES. YOU CAN FIND THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE INSIDE OF THE DON'T MISS BOX.
FIRE CREWS ARE STILL FIGHTING A FIRE AT THE RECENTLY CLOSED VICTOR E. FORSTMANN PLANT.
THE FIRE WAS FIRST REPORTED THIS AFTERNOON AT THE OLD MILL ON NATHANIeL DRIVE IN EAST DUBLIN.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN IS AT THE SCENE.
SHE'S JOINING US BY PHONE WITH AN UPDATE.
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AND 13WMAZ DOT COM.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS SAYS HE PLANS TO RESIGN FROM HIS SEAT TO RUN FOR THE DISTRICT 26 STATE SENATE SEAT HELD BY SENATOR ROBERT BROWN.
LUCAS SAYS HE'S RUNNING TO FILL THE UNEXPERIED TERM OF SENATOR BROWN...
BUT THAT WON'T HAPPEN UNTIL BROWN QUALIFIES IN HIS RUN FOR MACON MAYOR.
LUCAS SAYS IF HE WINS... HE'LL FOCUS ON BRINGING MORE JOBS TO ONE AREA IN GEORGIA THAT HAS A LOT OF POTENTIAL FOR BIG INDUSTRY.
"Right now, water resources are probably one of the biggest things in the state of Georgia. Twiggs and Wilkinson counties sit on the second largest water active ways in the world. I think that might be able to help them bring more industry into that area." LUCAS SAY HIS THIRTY SEVEN YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE LEGISLATURE MAKES HIM THE BEST QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB.
PARTS OF NORTH GEORGIA ARE STILL PICKING UP THE PIECES AFTER LAST WEEK'S DEVASTATING STORMS.
JERRY CARNES WITH OUR SISTER STATION 11 ALIVE IS IN RINGGOLD WITH A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DESTRUCTION IN THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE STATE.
THANK YOU JERRY.
WE'LL CONTINUE TO BRING YOU COVERAGE OF THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORMS ON 13WMAZ AND 13WMAZ DOT COM.
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