Ministry expects retaliation after Osama bin Laden’s death

POSTED: 05/4/11 1:52 PM

St. Maarten – The Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned that Osama bin Laden’s death “could lead to repercussions from al Qaeda and affiliated organizations.” The department advises Dutch travelers abroad urgently to be on alert.

The Ministry advises people who are traveling abroad to consult the travel advice at the ministry’s web site ( for the actual situation relevant to their destination. Travelers also have the option to direct questions to the embassy or consulate of the country where they are.

It is unclear whether bin Laden’s death could have any impact on travelers to and from the Dutch islands in the Caribbean. Aruba has increased its security measures, but until yesterday evening, no such reports had been issued by the department of communication in St. Maarten.

At the Nato headquarters in Brussels and European institutions security has also been increased. The same goes for American embassies around the world.

The radical Islamic clergyman Omar Bakri said on Monday that the Arab world has lost a leader with bin Laden’s death. He added that he expects attacks on Europe by “a new generation of jihadists” to avenge bin Laden. Bakri said that the al Qaeda leader died a martyr’s death.

The radical Islamic Taliban announced earlier that it would retaliate. Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan threatened with attacks on Pakistani government leaders, President Asif Ali Zardari among them, the Pakistani army and the United States.

Hans van de Sanda, a mass psychologist at the state University of Groningen said that there is no doubt that al Qaeda will retaliate. “The actions will probably start with attacks on embassies, or with bombings of western targets,” he said.


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