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Obama lays wreath at Ground Zero

In the days following the death of the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the American president has visited the site of the World Trade Centre in New York to pay his respects to those who lost their lives that day.

President Barack Obama pauses after laying a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.
President Barack Obama pauses after laying a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.
Image: Charles Dharapak/AP/Press Association Images

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA has laid a wreath at the site of the collapsed Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, paying tribute to victims of the 11 September, 2001, terrorist attack. The stop was the culmination of a New York visit in the wake of the US commando raid in Pakistan that killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden.

The president was accompanied by elected officials from the New York area. He also laid a wreath at the foot of the Survivor Tree, which sustained damage during the attack but was freed from the rubble.

Obama also visited a fire station that lost 15 firefighters during the attack. He also stopped by a lower Manhattan police station.

- AP

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