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The US state department has issued a travel alert to Americans, warning of a heightened risk of violence worldwide in the wake of the killing of key al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki.
The US-born radical Islamist cleric was killed by US drones in Yemen on Friday.
The state department warned his death would provide motivation for retaliation against US interests.
Also killed was US-born propagandist Samir Khan, with unconfirmed reports a key Saudi bombmaker also died.
In issuing its worldwide travel alert, the state department said: “The death of Awlaki, in the near term, could provide motivation for anti-American attacks worldwide from individuals or groups seeking to retaliate against US citizens or interests because of this action.”
It said Awlaki and other figures in his group, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), had previously called for attacks on US citizens.
A similar travel alert was issued after the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden by US Special Forces in a raid into Pakistan in May.
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