Interpol warns of heightened terror risk

May 2, 2011 12:00 am

, LYON, May 2 – The global police agency Interpol called for increased security measures Monday, warning that the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden could provoke reprisal attacks around the world.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble urged "extra vigilance" from "law enforcement authorities to a heightened terror risk from Al-Qaeda affiliated or Al-Qaeda inspired terrorists as a result of Bin Laden\’s death."

"The world\’s most wanted international terrorist is no more," Noble said in a statement issued by his office.

"But the death of Bin Laden does not represent the demise of Al-Qaeda affiliates and those inspired by Al-Qaeda, who have and will continue to engage in terrorist attacks around the world," he warned.

"We therefore need to remain united and focused in our ongoing cooperation and fight, not only against this global threat but also against terrorism by any group anywhere," he added.

He said Interpol, a global coordinating body based in France that works with national police forces in 188 member states, is "on full alert for acts of retaliation should Al-Qaeda try to prove they still exist."

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