WASHINGTON - American President Barack Obama said Sunday night that an elite US team killed countrys No 1 nemesis, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad with Pakistans cooperation, bringing to a close the worlds highest-profile manhunt after a decade-long search. Justice has been done, the President Barack Obama said solemnly in a hastily arranged late-night TV address from the White House. Over the years, Ive repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was. That is what weve done, he told Americans who erupted in spontaneous applause in several US cities. But, Obama made it clear, its important to note that our counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan helped lead us to bin Laden and the compound where he was hiding. Indeed, bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well, and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people. Tonight, I called President (Asif Ali) Zardari, and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations. And going forward, it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against Al-Qaeda and its affiliates. Bin Laden, he said, murdered thousands of innocent men, women and children and his death was the most significant achievement to date in the US war against the Al-Qaeda terrorist network that bin Laden founded, led and inspired. As described by the President and top administration officials, the successful effort to track down bin Laden centred on a man whom the officials described as a trusted courier for Al-Qaeda, a protg of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed , the operational mastermind of the Sept 11 attacks. Obama said that after he had entered the White House in 2009, he ordered CIA Director Leon Panetta to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against Al-Qaeda. Then in August he was briefed on a possible lead to the elusive terrorists hiding place. It took many months to run this thread to ground, he said. A senior White House official said, the evidence had become sufficiently certain that Obama was able to give the go-ahead for the operation. On Sunday, a small team of Americans raided a comfortable mansion in Abbottabad. After a firefight, the President said, they killed bin Laden and took custody of his body. No Americans were injured in the raid. Other officials said DNA tests had confirmed bin Ladens identity. Obama praised the joint efforts of US and Pakistani intelligence and appealed to Muslims around the globe to support the US action. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, he said. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. Vice President Joe Biden and Panetta had called members of Congress and leaders around the world earlier Sunday night to break the long-awaited news. Agencies add: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns the Taliban you cannot wait us out in Afghanistan, using the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden to press for an end to their insurgency. Our message to the Taliban remains the same, but today, it may have even greater resonance, Clinton told reporters after US special forces killed bin Laden in a helicopter raid on his heavily fortified villa in Pakistan. You cannot wait us out. You cannot defeat us. But you can make the choice to abandon Al-Qaeda and participate in a peaceful political process, the chief US diplomat said. Clinton saw the occasion of bin Ladens death as an opportunity to renew our resolve and redouble our efforts in the fight against extremism. In Afghanistan, we will continue taking the fight to Al-Qaeda and their Taliban allies, while working to support the Afghan people as they build a stronger government and begin to take responsibility for their own security, she said. We are implementing the strategy for transition approved by Nato at the summit in Lisbon. And we are supporting an Afghan-led political process that seeks to isolate Al-Qaeda and end the insurgency, she said. Clinton glossed over tensions in the US-Pakistani efforts to stamp out extremism on the Pakistani side of the border. In Pakistan, we are committed to supporting the people and government as they defend their own democracy from violent extremism. Indeed, as the president said, bin Laden had also declared war on Pakistan, she said. He had ordered the killings of many innocent Pakistani men, women and children. In recent years, the cooperation between our governments, militaries and law enforcement agencies increased pressure on Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, and this progress must continue, and we are committed to our partnership, she said. History will record that bin Ladens death came at a time of great movements toward freedom and democracy, Clinton said. At a time when the people across the Middle East and North Africa are rejecting the extremist narratives and charting a path of peaceful progress, based on universal rights and aspirations, there is no better rebuke to Al-Qaeda and its heinous ideology, Clinton said.