Threat of violence rises after Ayman al-Zawahiri’s killing, US travelers warn

Last update: August 03, 2022, 11:22 AM IST

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The death of Al-Zawahiri was a major blow to the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. (Photo: Reuters)

The US State Department asked its citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice situational awareness if and when they travel abroad.

The US State Department warned on Tuesday that Americans traveling abroad face an increased risk of violence following the killing of al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

His death in a drone strike in Kabul over the weekend was the biggest blow to al Qaeda since the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011, prompting US President Joe Biden to declare that “justice will be served.” has been done.”

Following the strike, the State Department on Tuesday urged US citizens to “maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad.”

“Current information indicates that terrorist organizations are planning terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions around the world,” the department said in a statement.

“These attacks can use a variety of tactics, including suicide attacks, assassinations, kidnappings, kidnappings and bombings.”

A senior Biden administration official said the 71-year-old Egyptian jihadist was on the balcony of a three-story building in the Afghan capital when he was hit by two Hellfire missiles early Sunday morning.

It was the first over-the-horizon attack by the US on a target in Afghanistan since Washington withdrew its forces from the country on August 31 last year, days after the Taliban regained power.

The Taliban condemned Tuesday’s drone strike but made no mention of the casualties and did not mention Zawahiri by name.

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