Egypt puts US and UK embassies on high alert after Bin Laden assassination

Ahram Online, Monday 2 May 2011

Following the assassination of 9/11 mastermind, Osama bin Laden, Egyptian authorities are taking measures to secure potential targets in case of an Al-Qaeda retaliation

Egypt announced Monday that the offices of the US and London embassies across the ‎country have been put on heightened security alert, in the wake of the assassination of Al-‎Qaeda head Osama bin Laden on Monday. ‎

Bin Laden, the mastermind of the notorious 11 September 2001 attacks on the World ‎Trade Center and Pentagon in the US was killed by American forces on Monday, US ‎President Barack Obama announced. ‎

An Egyptian official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said security measures near the ‎US and London embassies as well as their affiliated buildings were stepped up as a ‎precaution. ‎

Egyptian authorities also secured all tourist destinations, in case Al-Qaeda was planning any ‎act of revenge against foreigners in the country. ‎

Military and police forces were clearly present at the Luxor airport, one of the most ‎famous tourist destinations in Egypt as well as the scene of a violent attacks on tourists in 1997.

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