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Al Qaida warns Americans of revenge


Osama bin Laden appears in a video (AP)

Osama bin Laden appears in a video (AP)

Osama bin Laden appears in a video (AP)

Al Qaida is warning that the US has committed a "big mistake" and a "serious sin" in killing Osama bin Laden and is calling on Muslims to avenge his death.

In a statement posted on the internet, al Qaida's official online media organisation, al-Fajr, says the American people "will pay the price" for the May 2 raid that killed bin Laden at a compound in Pakistan.

It acknowledges that President Barack Obama "is protected by armies," but asks Americans: "Who will protect you from our assault?"

It also urges Muslims to use bin Laden's death as motivation to carry out attacks, according to a transcript provided by the SITE Intel group, which monitors militant messages.

The statement was posted on Islamic extremist websites.

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