CIA: al Qaeda will "almost certainly" try to avenge bin Laden

WASHINGTON Mon May 2, 2011 8:56am EDT

CIA Director Leon Panetta listens during an East Room announcement by the President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing

CIA Director Leon Panetta listens during an East Room announcement by the President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, April 28, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director Leon Panetta on Monday said al Qaeda would "almost certainly" try to avenge the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden.

"Though Bin Laden is dead, al-Qaeda is not. The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him, and we must -- and will -- remain vigilant and resolute," Panetta said.

(Reporting by Ross Colvin, Editing by Paul Simao)

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