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Ayman al-Zawahiri: US warns of doable retaliation over al-Qaeda dying

The US has urged its residents to be vigilant in opposition to doable anti-American violence overseas following the killing of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

His dying might immediate al-Qaeda supporters or different linked terror teams to focus on US services and personnel, stated the state division.

Zawahiri was killed by a US drone within the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday.

He had helped mastermind the 9/11 assaults on the US through which practically 3,000 individuals misplaced their lives.

The 71-year-old Egyptian physician took over al-Qaeda after the dying of Osama Bin Laden in 2011.

The killing was confirmed on Monday by US President Joe Biden, who stated Zawahiri had carved “a path of homicide and violence” in opposition to Americans.

Mr Biden stated Zawahiri’s dying would convey closure to households of the victims of the 2001 assaults, through which hijackers crashed passenger jets into landmark buildings in New York and Washington – together with two skyscrapers in Manhattan.

He added that Zawahiri had additionally masterminded different acts of violence, together with the suicide bombing of the USS Cole naval destroyer in Aden in October 2000, which killed 17 US sailors, and the 1998 assaults on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, through which 223 individuals died.

“The Division of State believes there’s a larger potential for anti-American violence given the dying of Ayman al-Zawahiri on 31 July 2022,” the division stated in a worldwide warning replace.

“Present info means that terrorist organisations proceed to plan terrorist assaults in opposition to US pursuits in a number of areas throughout the globe,” it added.

“These assaults might make use of all kinds of techniques together with suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings.”

US residents are strongly inspired to take care of a “excessive stage of vigilance and observe good situational consciousness” when travelling overseas, the alert added.

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