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Remembering the fallen, moving ahead


What the death of the world's most wanted means here at home


May 16, 2011
Osama bin Laden is dead, but the war on terror is far from over.

As people all over the world are still reacting to, and recovering from, the death of the world's most wanted man, area officials are cautioning citizens to be ever-vigilant, though don't feel there is any imminent threat to South Central Massachusetts.

Following President Barack Obama's Sunday, May 1 announcement that the Saudi-born al-Qaeda leader behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks had been killed by the elusive Navy SEAL Team 6 in a raid at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, federal officials and national newscasters suggested the terror threat level at home would escalate as remaining factions of al-Qaeda planned retaliatory attacks.

Now, almost two weeks since the terrorist leader's death, local officials are encouraging folks to keep their eyes open for anything suspicious, though say there is no need to live in constant fear of another attack.

James Latour, manager and fixed space operator at the Southbridge Municipal Airport, said a great deal has changed in the field of aviation since Sept. 11, 2001, but unless a credible threat is received, day-to-day operations don't change too much.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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