Countries around the world warn travellers to be vigilant
Officials at foreign ministries around the world have issued travel advisories to people of their nationalities, advising them to be vigilant in the expectation of imminent reprisals following the death of Osama Bin Laden yesterday. The US Department of State has issued a warning to citizens living abroad of an increased risk of violence. US citizens are “strongly urged” to limit travel outside their homes and hotels. They should also avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations in areas of unrest. American diplomatic facilities around the world will be on high alert for some months to come.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague: “This is not the end of being vigilant against al-Qaeda and associated groups, and in fact there may be parts of al-Qaeda that will try to show that they are still in business in the coming weeks, as indeed some of them are. […] This is a very serious blow to al-Qaeda. But like any organisation that has suffered a serious blow, they will want to show in some way that they are still able to operate.”
[pictured: Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19), United States Navy]