Islamic fundamentalists respond to death of Osama bin Laden by US forces, pledge retaliation’ ‘God curse you Obama,” appears on Arabic site.
Members of Jihadist forums said they prayed the news of Osama bin Laden’s death was not true, and hinted at retaliation if it was, in some of the first Islamist reaction to the al Qaida leader’s death.
“Oh God, please make this news not true…God curse you Obama,” said one message on an Arabic language forum. “Oh Americans … it is still legal for us to cut your necks.”
“Osama may be killed but his message of Jihad will never die. Brothers and sisters, wait and see, his death will be a blessing in disguise,” said a poster on another Islamist forum.
US President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that US forces had surrounded a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and, following a firefight, killed the Al Qaida leader and took custody of his body. Osama bin Laden was the mastermind behind some of the worst acts of terrorism in modern history, including the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Following Obama’s announcement on Sunday, the US State Department warned Americans worldwide of “enhanced potential for anti-American violence.”
“Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations,” the State Department said in a statement. Agencies