Washington DC and other US cities have seen more police on the streets, two days after the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. But the White House said it saw no specific retaliation threat and would continue to respond appropriately to protect the American people.
National security expert Anthony Cordesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said: “I think we need to be very careful about exaggerating this. Will there be some attempts? Almost certainly. Is it possible that one or more of them can succeed? Yes, but the chances for any one individual getting caught up even in a dramatic strike by terrorism is almost negligible.”
Although bin Laden the figurehead is no longer alive, western institutions warned against complacency. The European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: “We need to remain vigilant in our efforts to completely disable the al Qaeda network, as the threat of retaliatory action remains serious.”