Police Gird for Attacks on Soft U.S. Targets to Avenge Bin Laden


In large and midsize U.S. cities, police chiefs and domestic security officials have drastically increased counterterrorism operations on the assumption that a “lone wolf” or a small group of terrorists will strike to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden, reports the New York Times.

Officials are concerned that a terrorist plot would focus on a target perceived to be “soft,” like a train station or a shopping mall. “In the short term, we are facing more danger from lone wolf actors who will see Bin Laden's death as justification in their minds to mobilize and do something here,” said Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Michael Downing. Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said, “I personally think the chances of an attack are highly likely.”

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