Al-Qaeda may attack British embassies
Mon, 02 May 2011 19:25:40 GMT
The killing of Osama bin Laden put all British embassies around the world under a high security alert over concerns that al-Qaeda may take revenge, the UK Foreign Secretary warns.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that al-Qaeda is still alive.
"This is not the end of being vigilant against al-Qaeda and associated groups,” he said during a visit to the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
"There may be parts of al-Qaeda that will try to show that they are in business in the coming weeks, as indeed some of them are.”
“So I have already this morning asked our embassies to review their security to make sure that vigilance is heightened and I think that will have to be our posture for some time to come," Hague added.
Earlier on Monday, US President Barack Obama announced the death of bin Laden, following a Sunday operation in Pakistan.
The UK Foreign Secretary said al-Qaeda, like any other organization, would show it is still in operation. He also said the death of bin Laden was a serious blow to his organization.
Hague said that the "removal" of bin Laden was a big step forward.
He said that it was clearly a positive development that he could not pursue his evil terrorist actions around the world.
Warning that bin Laden's death does not mean an end to the military actions in Afghanistan, the UK Foreign Secretary said, "Just as we should be clear that this is an important and positive development, we should also be clear that the problems we are dealing with have not gone away.”
“We will still have to be vigilant, even more vigilant, in the coming days about the international terrorist threat. The work in Afghanistan will continue to be phenomenally difficult and must go on. So it would be wrong to draw the conclusion that suddenly we have solved a mass of the world's problems," Hague added.