WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Barack Obama will travel to New York City on Thursday to mark the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

The White House says Obama will visit ground zero, the site of al-Qaida’s attack on the World Trade Center, and meet with the families of those killed nearly 10 years ago.

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U.S. forces killed bin Laden during a raid on a compound near Islamabad where he had been hiding. The U.S. retrieved bin Laden’s body and buried it at sea.

Flag-waving crowds had gathered in Lower Manhattan after the President announced bin Laden’s death late Sunday night.

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President Obama, Vice President Biden & members of the national security team look on as they receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the White House Situation room. (credit: White House)

“The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaida,” Obama said Sunday.

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