MOGADISHU, Somalia – Hundreds of Somalis marched through the country's capital on Wednesday to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, the shadowy al-Qaida leader they blamed for starting a trend of suicide attacks in the country.
The demonstrators chanted in the Somali language "terror, terror go away, little kids want to play." They also burned a flag they said was an al-Qaida flag.
"Osama is dead. No more terror funding, no more al-Shabab, no more terrorists," one banner read, referring to Somalia's most dangerous militant group.
The pro-government demonstrators walked through the government-controlled area of Mogadishu and were guarded by government troops.
Bin Laden was killed early Monday during a raid by U.S. commandos on a house outside Islamabad, Pakistan.
"His death will be a milestone for world peace," said a march participant, Mohamed Said. "He was the starter, driver and investor behind my countrymen's deaths."
Members of al-Shabab have pledged allegiance to bin Laden and al-Qaida. A spokesman for the group, which counts hundreds of foreign fighters among its ranks, threatened attacks in retaliation for bin Laden's death.