Published on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Osama revenge fears put world on high alert


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 Laden’s al-Qaida supporters.

A Qantas spokesman said the airline was “closely monitoring the situation and if the security situation changes then we will take appropriate steps”.

While the county celebrated bin Laden’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.

“The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him (bin Laden), and we must – and will – remain vigilant and resolute,” said CIA director Leon Panetta.

Authorities in Indonesia are especially wary of reprisals.

Just weeks before Bin Laden’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. 




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  • Nail files & bottled water

    While the rest of the world is going stupid and throngs of yobbo's stand in front of the White House chanting "USA...USA" TravelMole come out with a story that reflects the realities of the situation. I guess I won't be able to take my nail file or own bottled water onto a flight again for a long, long time and the TSA will be free to search scores of more people. Thanks America, your revenge just made the world a much more dangerous place. Congratulations to TravelMole for focusing on what it means to the traveling world.

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