Dutch FM warns against al Qaeda reprisals

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The Dutch Foreign Ministry has warned the death Osama bin Laden could lead to reprisals by al Qaeda or similar organisations.

The ministry has warned Dutch nationals abroad to be vigilant. Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal says the elimination of the al Qaeda leader has given the fight against terrorism a new impulse.

Meanwhile the US government has warned against anti-American sentiment in the world and told American travellers to take care. In some regions, US citizens have been warned to stay indoors.

Security at the US embassy in The Hague has been tightened according to reliable sources on Monday. There is also a more visible police presence outside the embassy.

The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism NCTb sees “no reason as yet to change the level of threat in the Netherlands.” Although he does think the Netherlands “should remain just as alert as ever, because terrorists can still strike at any moment.”

Prime Minister Mark Rutte stressed that security services are alert, although there is no sign so far that reprisals will take place in the Netherlands. On public radio, he warned “There are enough madmen willing to do the most terrible things.”

The NCTb warns new networks set up by followers of Osama bin Laden still pose a threat. Last week, a Dutch teacher on a school trip was killed in a bombing in Marrakesh.

CIA chief Leon Panetta says al Qaeda will definitely try to avenge the death of its leader.

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