Al Qaeda Confirms Osama Bin Laden’s Death
Al Qaeda has confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden and vowed to launch revenge attacks on the US and its allies.
A statement posted on jihadist websites warned that happiness over the terror chief's demise would soon be turned on its head.
The group described itself as a "curse" on America, promised bloodshed and also called on Pakistan to rise up in revolt.
An audiotape purporting to be of bin Laden speaking a week before his death is set to be released shortly.
The authenticity of the statement is not possible to confirm independently but it was posted on sites known to be used by the group.
It said: "We stress that the blood of the holy warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is precious to us and to all Muslims and will not go in vain.
"We will remain, God willing, a curse chasing the Americans and their agents, following them outside and inside their countries.
"Soon, God willing, their happiness will turn to sadness. Their blood will be mingled with their tears.
"We call upon our Muslim people in Pakistan... to rise up and revolt to cleanse this shame that has been attached to them by a clique of traitors and thieves ... and in general to cleanse their country from the filth of the Americans who spread corruption in it."
The announcement paves the way for al Qaeda to name a successor to bin Laden, with his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri the most likely candidate.
The confirmation followed claims by US officials that it had been planning an attack on the U.S. rail network to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.