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updated 5/9/2011 11:20:28 AM ET 2011-05-09T15:20:28

The New York Mayor's Office has confirmed that the city of New York will light its Twin Tower tribute lights tonight (May 2) in honor of the victims of September 11 attacks masterminded by Osama bin Laden, TechNewsDaily has learned.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Mike Bloomberg told TechNewsDaily that the city will be paying respect tonight to the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The tribute lights, which cast twin beams upward from where the World Trade Center towers stood before the attacks, are lit on Sept. 11 each year.

The news comes on the heels of the announcement that bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALS in Abbottabad, Pakistan, an upscale retirement community where the al-Qaida leader had been staying.

As helicopters raided the area, a computer programmer in that area live-tweeted the events, not knowing until later that he was describing the downfall of bin Laden.

Reach TechNewsDaily senior writer Samantha Murphy at smurphy@techmedianetwork.com. Follow her on Twitter @SamMurphy_TMN

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