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No evidence of imminent terrorist threat from Bin Laden before death: Officials

US and European intelligence officials have said that, as yet, no evidence that shows Osama bin Laden was involved in plotting specific or imminent terrorist threats have been uncovered.
May 26th 2011, 9:26 AM 309 4

COUNTER-TERRORISM OFFICIALS have not yet uncovered any evidence of specific or imminent threats posed by Osama bin Laden after examing material confiscated from his Pakistani hideout.

The lack of such information has led officials to question the level of Bin Laden’s influence on the the present-day al-Qaeda terrorist network, Reuters reports.

Previously, aides to US President Barack Obama indicated evidence had been seized which showed Bin Laden had been planning terrorist attacks – however Peter Bergen, a counter-terrorism expert at the New American Foundation told the news agency: “I haven’t heard anything about imminent threats”.

Speaking on the basis of anonymity, US intelligence officials said that no evidence had been uncovered that suggested there was a planned attack against New York. Meanwhile, a European counter-terrorism official has also said that there had been “no change” to the terrorist threat assessment following the killing of Bin Laden.

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