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article imageUS issues global travel alert in wake of Bin Laden killing

By Michael Krebs     May 2, 2011 in Travel
After the announcement on Sunday of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the US State Department issued a warning to Americans traveling abroad.
The death of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden brought celebratory crowds to ground zero in New York City and to the White House, but it also brought speculation that affiliated Islamic groups could be planning a violent response. And with that speculation in mind, the US State Department issued a travel alert to warn all Americans traveling internationally to be vigilant, Reuters reported on Monday.
Warning of an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence," American travelers were advised to avoid large gatherings.
Osama Bin Laden was reportedly killed by a round that struck him in the head. The killing occurred in a firefight in a mansion in Pakistan. His body has been reported to have been handled in accordance with Islamic practice and will be buried at sea.
Islamic militants reacted to the news of Bin Laden's killing, commenting in forums and expressing their anger, Reuters reported.
"Osama may be killed but his message of Jihad will never die. Brothers and sisters, wait and see, his death will be a blessing in disguise," a posting in an Islamist forum read, according to Reuters.
"We certainly anticipate threats of retaliation -- this is an organization that declared war on the United States more than a decade ago -- threats from al Qaeda are not a new phenomenon," an official with the State Department told CNN on Monday.
The State Department warning was issued moments after the public announcement of Bin Laden's death.
"Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations," the State Department said in a statement, according to Reuters.
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