World lauds Osama bin Laden’s death; US issues security warnings to Americans worldwide

(SPOT.ph) The killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, which US President Barack Obama announced yesterday, has been lauded worldwide but various leaders have acknowledged that the war against terrorism doesn’t end with bin Laden’s death and that his group could retaliate, reports Reuters.

The United States, credited for killing bin Laden in an operation in Pakistan, has issued security warnings to Americans around the globe. Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta said, "Though Bin Laden is dead, Al-Qaeda is not. The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him, and we must-and will-remain vigilant and resolute."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy congratulated the US for its "tenacity" in pursuing bin Laden almost 10 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the country, but added that "it’s not the end of Al-Qaeda," reports the AFP. British Prime Minister David Cameron said bin Laden’s death brings "great relief to people across the world," but Reuters quoted him as saying that the West should be "particularly vigilant."

Meanwhile, India lashed out against Pakistan, claiming that having the manhunt for bin Laden end at a luxurious villa in Islamabad shows that militants find "sanctuary" in the country, reports the AFP. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said bin Laden’s killing was a "great victory."

According to Reuters, Pakistani authorities were told about the raid that led to bin Laden’s death only after it had taken place. Pakistani security analyst told Reuters, "For some time, there will be a lot of tension between Washington and Islamabad because bin Laden seems to have been living here close to Islamabad." According to the report, bin Laden was found to have been living in a three-story residence in the town of Abbottabad.

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