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US warns of 'lone wolf' terrorist attacks to avenge Bin Laden's killing on death anniversary

Washington, Thu, 26 Apr 2012 ANI

Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): US federal authorities are warning countries to maintain caution as terrorist may use the date to avenge the former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's death.

Although there is no specific, credible threat to the US Homeland Security but they are reportedly concerned of "lone wolf" terrorists who could possibly launch an attack on the particular date 'as a symbolic victory', the Fox News reports.

Osama was killed after a drone attack by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The FBI, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Northern Command have found that terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Northern Africa's Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and the Pakistani Taliban have called for revenge against the United States for killing bin Laden during the May 1, 2011, raid on his hideout in Pakistan.

According to the bulletin released by the U.S. government, it cited Al Qaeda's fixation since 2010 with launching attacks on symbolic dates.

The European Union, looking at how terrorism has changed in Europe over the past year, claimed that the "threat has evolved" since the deaths of Bin Laden and other terrorist leaders.

"[L]one actors or small EU-based groups are becoming increasingly prominent, as is the Internet as a key facilitator for terrorism-related activities. Al Qaeda's call for individual violent jihad through the execution of small-scale attacks may result in an increase in such attacks," the Interpol's E.U. Terrorist Situation and Trend Report revealed.

Over the past one year, bulletins issued by the U.S. intelligence community near anniversaries or holidays have repeatedly referenced calls to avenge bin Laden's death. (ANI)

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