New Delhi: Terming the killing of Osama bin Laden as a historic development, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has recommended the international community to eliminate the safe havens for terrorists in a neighbouring country.

In a statement issued on Monday, Krishna said that Laden’s killing has brought to an end a decade long search for the Al Qaeda head.

'It is a historic development and victorious milestone in the global war against the forces of terrorism,' said the minister, noting that thousands of innocent lives had been lost to terrorism over the years. But he warned that this victory did not mean the end of terrorism and pointed out that there were still terror groups operating out of Pakistan.

'The world must not let down its united effort to overcome terrorism and eliminate the safe havens and sanctuaries that have been provided to terrorists in our own neighbourhood. The struggle must continue unabated,' said Krishna.

He was alluding to the presence of several terror groups in Pakistan, like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which masterminded the Mumbai terror attack.

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(Agencies)