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Pakistanis fear al Qaeda revenge

Friday, May 06, 2011 - 01:23

May 7 - Pakistanis in Abbottabad fear new U.S. attacks and retaliation from al Qaeda following Osama bin Laden's death. Jessica Gray reports.

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The streets of Abbottabad, Osama bin Laden's home in Pakistan, are empty. Almost a week ago, the al Qaeda leader was killed during a raid in his home by U.S. forces. On Friday, al Qaeda vowed revenge for its leaders death. And its message has scared residents of this sleepy town. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) TAILOR, TARIQ "We feel very scared, especially at night. We fear there could be another attack. There is danger here, grave danger." Al Qaeda also urged Pakistanis to revolt against their government to "cleanse" themselves for their part in Bin Laden's downfall. Some newspapers took a similar line, mourning the death of al Qaeda leader and mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks in New York City. The raid on bin Laden's compound has done little to thaw relations between Washington and Islamabad, with some suggesting Pakistan was aware of his location. Meanwhile, U.S. forces along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan remain vigilant. Officials say they still plan to handover certain powers to Afghan forces over the next few months, despite al Qaeda threats. Afghan forces are set to take over full command in 2014. Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Pakistanis fear al Qaeda revenge

Friday, May 06, 2011 - 01:23