Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Al-Qaeda may seek revenge for Osama bin Laden’s death, U.S. authorities warn

Osama bin Laden, left, sits with his adviser and purported successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the al-Qaeda network in an image supplied by Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper Nov. 10, 2001. (REUTERS)
As Americans celebrate the news that long-hunted al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed, U.S. authorities warn that the terrorist group and its affiliates may seek to exact revenge for the killing of their longtime leader. 

Diplomatic personnel around the world received warnings that diplomatic facilities are now on “high alert” for attacks that could avenge the killing of bin Laden, Bloomberg reported.

“They want to avenge this,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told Fox News.

Ronald Noble, secretary general of international policing group Interpol, also said attacks were possible. “In the immediate term, there will be some retaliation,there will be some revenge attacks,’ he said. “In the long term, the world will be much safer without bin Laden.”

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