Security measures have become much stricter all around the world after US forces killed the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, Osama Bin Laden, as concerns about possible terrorist retaliation increased. Slovakia, which currently is hosting the Ice Hockey World Championship, has taken additional security steps, the TASR newswire reported.
The spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Gabor Grendel, said that Slovak police will more strictly guard the US Embassy in Bratislava as well as members of the US ice hockey team in Kosice.
"Interior Minister Daniel Lipsic discussed the matter by telephone with US Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick, who welcomed the information," the spokesman said, adding that the police will evaluate the situation as it develops and adjust measures to current needs, TASR reported.
According to the Sme daily, the US embassy refused to provide further details on specific measures. Radio Express quoted embassy press attaché Chase Beamer as saying that the embassy is taking the necessary steps to protect its staff, Sme wrote.
Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič said on May 2 that justice has been done with the killing of al-Qaeda leader but added that the terrorist organisation lives on and bin Laden's successor may turn out to be even more aggressive, TASR wrote.
"The true victory will lie in destroying the al-Qaeda terrorist network around the world. This is what we must all continue to pursue," said President Gašparovič.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. May 2011 at 10:00