London, May 5: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has said that “a terrorist attack is highly likely and could occur without warning” following the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ir Paul also warned that the world’s most wanted terrorist’s death did not mark the end of an ideology.
The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces on Sunday.
“Osama bin Laden led an organization which is responsible for the injury and death of thousands of people worldwide in the name of an extreme and perverted ideology, committed to the use of terror and murder to achieve their aims,” The Telegraph quoted Sir Paul, as saying.
“However, one man’s death does not mark the end of an ideology and we must remain alert to the continuing threat from Al-Qaeda, its affiliates and those acting alone,” he added.
He also cautioned the public need to be alert to the threat from Al-Qaeda.The police and security services will continue to work locally, nationally and with our international partners to do everything possible to counter the terrorist threat,” Sir Paul said.
“But we cannot do this alone, we need the help of the public to protect the country from the threat of terrorism,” he added.
Bin Laden, accused of being behind a number of atrocities, including the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, was at the top of the US “most wanted” list. (ANI)