WASHINGTON - (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to visit New YorkCity on Thursday to mark the death of al-Qaida leader Osama binLaden.

The White House says Obama will visit Ground Zero, the site ofal-Qaida's attack on the World Trade Center, and meet with thefamilies of those killed nearly 10 years ago.

U.S. forces killed bin Laden during a raid on a compound inPakistan where he had been hiding, then buried him at sea.

Flag-waving crowds have been gathering at the lower Manhattansite of the attack since Obama announced bin Laden's death lateSunday.

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer announcedObama's visit on Twitter.

VIDEO: President Obama announces Osama bin Laden's death Text of President Barack Obama's announcement