Bush, Other Leaders Hail Death of Zarqawi

President Bush says U.S. forces have delivered justice to the most wanted terrorist in Iraq -- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Mr. Bush spoke Thursday at the White House about Zarqawi's death. He said it is a severe blow to al-Qaida. But Mr. Bush warned that Zarqawi's death does not mean an end to violence in Iraq.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Zarqawi's death is an important moment for Iraq and a blow to al-Qaida around the world.

The brother of British engineer Kenneth Bigley said the world has rid itself of an evil person. Zarqawi's group kidnapped and killed Bigley in 2004. But the father of American Nicholas Berg said Zarqawi's death brought him no sense of relief and likely will spark a new wave of revenge killings. Berg was beheaded in 2004.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said "it is a great day for the people of Iraq," but he cautioned Zarqawi's death does not signal the end of the insurgency.

A Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told VOA she hopes Zarqawi's death will lead to an improved security situation in Iraq.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard called Zarqawi's killing "great news" for Iraqis, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said it is "a significant step in ridding the world of the menace of terrorism."