Al-Qaeda has confirmed the death of its leader, Osama Bin Laden, according to a statement attributed to the group and posted on jihadist internet forums.
The statement said his blood would not be "wasted" and al-Qaeda would continue to attack the US and its allies. Bin Laden's death would be a "curse" for the US and urged an uprising in Pakistan, the statement added.
The militant was shot dead on Monday when US commandos stormed his compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad. The covert raid was carried out without the prior knowledge of the Pakistani authorities, increasing tension between the two countries.
Several rallies were held in Pakistan on Friday in protest. The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan said thousands marched through central Karachi in the biggest such rally there in years. They chanted slogans praising Bin Laden - calling him a guardian of Islam.
The statement published on jihadist web forums, signed by "the general leadership" of al-Qaeda, said an audiotape would be released of Bin Laden speaking a week before his death.
"[His blood] will remain, with permission from Allah, the Almighty, a curse that chases the Americans and their agents, and goes after them inside and outside their countries," it warned.
"Their happiness will turn into sorrow, and their blood will be mixed with their tears. We call upon our Muslim people in Pakistan, on whose land Sheikh Osama was killed, to rise up and revolt.
"Before the sheikh passed from this world and before he could share with the Islamic nation in its joys over its revolutions in the face of the oppressors, he recorded a voice recording of congratulations and advice which we will publish soon, God willing."
Although US forces buried Bin Laden's body at sea, the statement warned the US that "multiple gates of evil" would be opened on them if they failed to hand over the corpse to his family. It incited Muslims to take action should the Americans mistreat the body or any of his captive family members.
It acknowledged the US was responsible for his death, and also noted that he had been killed by "treacherous infidel bullets".
The statement attracted a high number of online comments, all of which seemed to accept the death of Bin Laden as fact. (BBC)
Comments - 31
BP Saturday, 07 May 2011 10:52 AM
mad patriot Saturday, 07 May 2011 11:28 AM
You are correct our valiant forces killed him cold blooded and slaughtered people wilth all availbale bombs except nucelar and hydrogen bombs
mad patriot Saturday, 07 May 2011 11:29 AM
then how abput who commited war crimes against humanity who is ruling Srilankna now queeing up for the same place
AJ - DXB Saturday, 07 May 2011 01:03 PM
Killing of BinLaden is acceptable but can a Sovereign country like Pakistan accept the entry of another country’s forces to enter Pakistani grounds without their permission? Izadas
ibn abudulhameed Sunday, 08 May 2011 09:49 AM
Oye Appu.. We're not frogs in a well, in other words, people living in an Island,
SAM Saturday, 07 May 2011 01:44 PM
ARE YOU DID DNA TEST LTTE LEADER?
WIKI Saturday, 07 May 2011 02:42 PM
WHAT A JOKE SRI LANKA MINISTER PRAYED FOR BIN LADEN COME BACK. AT BATT MOSQ.
podda Saturday, 07 May 2011 02:47 PM
Obama is more scared after the death of Bin Laden. Because he knows it's not the end of AL Quida. He should have learnt from MR about finishing off terrorists in a more effective manner.
Yohan Perera Saturday, 07 May 2011 02:38 PM
What goes around comes around... Whether one is Christian, Buddhist or Islam is immaterial... This is what happened to Prabhakaran, Sadam Hussain, Osama Bin Laden and what will happen to all those who think that they are above God...
Fazeeha Nizam Saturday, 07 May 2011 03:31 PM
what about the Butchers who butchered the innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and now in Libya?
magodisThuma Saturday, 07 May 2011 04:41 PM
Is that enough for the crimes he did ?
magodisThuma Saturday, 07 May 2011 04:45 PM
Rest In Hell !
Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 07 May 2011 05:24 AM
Did LTTE accept their leader's death; as a "disciplined" outfit ; outmaneuverd by “enemy”
Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 07 May 2011 05:39 AM
No; he was not killed; happily “living” with Prabhakaran; where? Is everybody’s guess.
pj Saturday, 07 May 2011 05:28 AM
citizen1 Saturday, 07 May 2011 06:11 AM
From their revenge spitting words one can tell what a devout and religious outfit this was....NOT!!!! The statement sounds mental.
Louisa Saturday, 07 May 2011 06:07 AM
Obama has shown the world how terrorists should be dealt with. So whats the big fuss about the Sri Lankan butcher?
Vijayabahu Saturday, 07 May 2011 06:29 AM
that's good for world economy...
Looka Hohra Saturday, 07 May 2011 06:35 AM
US will suffer soon for this
Darwin Saturday, 07 May 2011 07:08 AM
Golden rule of engagement, do not mess around with the world's only super power.
Appu Sunday, 08 May 2011 01:50 AM
You seems very saddened by people living in those countries not about Sri Lanka! Typical radicals!
Epa Saturday, 07 May 2011 07:52 AM
if they do not show the body of Bin Laden he lives for ever as it's a open story.
Hiraz.M Sunday, 08 May 2011 04:21 AM
Bin laden is a pious man as i knew from all medias. Terrorist are not growing as it is unless a unjustice happened to humans while nobody can raise aQ about it..
DeSelva Saturday, 07 May 2011 08:37 AM
please show death certificate!
Helaya Asoka-abey Sunday, 08 May 2011 05:37 AM
To:asoka abeywardena mind your business....truth always win...very soon u will see that
ravi Sunday, 08 May 2011 05:41 AM
are you advocating killing all the people in Pakistan or putting all of them in a camp for few years ?
Rajash Saturday, 07 May 2011 08:57 AM
Obama showed his birth certificate
naufer Sunday, 08 May 2011 06:13 AM
'Everything born contain it's own cessation.'
asoka abeywardena Saturday, 07 May 2011 10:15 AM
allah is god so how can god can help for terrorism...?
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