Published on Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Governments and airlines around the world are bracing for a backlash following the killing in Pakistan of Osama bin Laden by US Special Forces.
Interpol has called for increased security measures by national police forces and several countries have responded with extra security measures spanning airports and other public transport systems.
Japan said its military bases are on full alert in case of revenge attacks by bin Ladenâ€™s al-Qaida supporters.
A Qantas spokesman said the airline was â€œclosely monitoring the situation and if the security situation changes then we will take appropriate stepsâ€.
While the county celebrated bin Ladenâ€™s death, the U.S. Department of State issued warnings for Americans abroad and is asking travellers to be vigilant. Britain and Australia have issued similar warnings.
â€œThe terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him (bin Laden), and we must â€“ and will â€“ remain vigilant and resolute,â€ said CIA director Leon Panetta.
Authorities in Indonesia are especially wary of reprisals.
Just weeks before Bin Ladenâ€™s death, authorities in Pakistan arrested Umar Patek, an Al Qaeda-linked Indonesian militant who for 10 years had been on the run for allegedly helping to build the explosive devices used in the 2002 bombings of nightclubs in Bali that killed 202 people. â€¨
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