Al-Qaeda founder and leader Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US forces in Pakistan, President Obama has said. The al-Qaeda leader was killed in a ground operation outside Islamabad based on US intelligence, the first lead for which emerged last August. 01 May 2011. US President Barack Obama stands after addressing the nation on TV from the East Room of the White House to make a televised statement in Washington, DC, USA, 01 May 2011. Afghan President Hamid Karzai listens at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on May 2, 2011. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that Osama Bin Laden had "paid for his actions" after he was killed in an operation by US special forces near the capital of neighbouring Pakistan.