U.S. issues travel alert after Osama bin Laden killing

WASHINGTON Mon May 2, 2011 11:35am EDT

Newspaper headlines and clippings are posted on a wall inside a staff office at the White House in Washington May 2, 2011, the morning after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Newspaper headlines and clippings are posted on a wall inside a staff office at the White House in Washington May 2, 2011, the morning after President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department on Sunday warned Americans worldwide of "enhanced potential for anti-American violence" following the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"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.

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn, Editing by Will Dunham)