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Attorney General Warns Bin Laden's Death Could Provoke Retaliation

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Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Attorney General Eric Holder told members of Congress today he's asked his agency to be 'mindful' following the death of Osama bin Laden. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee that bin Laden supporters could violently retaliate within the U.S. or overseas for his killing.

Holder says U.S. authorities must be aware of the possibility and 'cannot become complacent, the fight is far from over,' according to Reuters.

British Prime Minister David Cameron echoed the sentiment, according to the Telegraph: 'Bin Laden is dead, but al-Qaeda is still alive. The threat level is already at severe, which is as high as it can go without intelligence of a specific threat. We have ordered our embassies across the world to raise their security.'

As NPR's Pam Fessler reported, the U.S. is also tightening security, despite no specific threat other than a vow of revenge by the Taliban in Pakistan. The Australian reports the group is threatening Pakistan's President and members of the army.

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