Osama Bin Laden Dead: U.S. Issues Travel Warning For Citizens Abroad
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official told CNN early Monday: "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."
Diplomatic facilities around the world have been put on high alert and a global travel warning has been issued for Americans traveling abroad.
The warning reads:
"Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent 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. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times."
U.S. embassies in Islamabad, Pakistan (the capital city bin Laden was near at the time of his death), as well as consulates in Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar were closed on Monday routinely. The U.S. embassy in Islamabad issued a statement on its website warning citizens "of the possibility of violent protests and demonstrations in major cities of Pakistan," especially near the embassy or consulates, or in areas were Westerners are seem congregating.
On Sunday, President Obama issued advice to American citizens, "There is no doubt that al Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us. We must and we will remain vigilant at home and abroad." At this time there is no credible or imminent threat, Reuters reports.
Similar alerts have been issued for British and Australian citizens, particularly those in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, Australian site news.com reports.
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