Afghanistan's president has hailed Osama bin Laden's death as a serious blow to terrorism and argued that the strike in Pakistan proves the real fight against terrorists is outside his country's borders.
President Hamid Karzai told an assembly of district government officials in Kabul: "This is a very important day. Maybe you have already heard on the television or on the radio that American forces have killed Osama bin Laden, delivering him his due punishment."
Mr Karzai used the opportunity to chastise international forces again for concentrating so much of their military effort in Afghanistan.
He has repeatedly said that more of the focus should be across the border in Pakistan, where al Qaida and Taliban leaders reportedly live.
"For years we have said that the fight against terrorism is not in Afghan villages and houses," said Mr Karzai. "It is in safe havens, and today that was shown to be true."
He offered his appreciation to international and Afghan forces who have lost their lives in the nearly 10-year war in Afghanistan and expressed hope that bin Laden's death could mean the end of terrorism. But he added now is the time to stop assaults that endanger or harass Afghan civilians.
However, Mr Karzai pledged that Afghanistan stands ready to do its part to help fight terrorists and extremists.
"We are with you and we are your allies," he said, noting that many Afghans had died because of bin Laden's terror network.
Pakistan's foreign ministry said the death of bin Laden shows the resolve of his country and the world to fight terrorism.
Bin Laden was killed in a luxury house in the town of Abbottabad not far from a Pakistani military academy, raising questions over whether Pakistan might have known of his whereabouts. An official statement did not address those questions.