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Maryland officials praise raid that killed bin Laden

WASHINGTON — Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation are praising a U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, but say the country must remain vigilant.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski said in a statement early Monday that bin Laden’s death marks “a historic day for our country.” She added, however, that “the hateful ideology he espouses will persist” and that “terrorists will continue to harbor predatory intent toward the United States.”

Sen. Ben Cardin called bin Laden’s death “an important milestone in the fight against terrorism.” He also cautioned that the country “must remain vigilant in the continued fight against al-Qaeda and any terrorists who seek to harm our nation.”

Bin Laden was slain in his hideout in Pakistan in a firefight with American forces.