The killing of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is an important victory in the battle against terrorism, prime minister Mark Rutte said on Monday.
‘Osama bin Laden has done terrible deeds,’ Rutte said, while congratulating US leader Barak Obama for the success of the operation.
‘Nevertheless, the war on terror is not yet over,’ news agency ANP quoted Rutte as saying.
Bin Laden was killed in a ground operation outside Islamabad, the BBC reports.
Defence minister Hans Hillen said the killing of the terror network leader is a symbolic act but not one that will make the world a safer place.
‘Terrorism is a many-headed monster and there will always be a new leader’, he told Nos radio.
‘It is a shame he was not taken alive. A trial is always better,’ Hillen said.
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold also told microblogging service Twitter that he would rather have seen Bin Laden tried in an international court.
GroenLinks leader Jolande Sap said she regretted the fact the al-Qaeda leader would never be tried for his crimes. ‘Now is the time for the next step. Guantanamo Bay must be closed. Fundamentalist hatred must be replaced with real justice,’ she said.
Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam PVV said it is a historic day. ‘The fight against Islamic terrorism will continue,’ he said.
The Dutch counter-terrorism organisation NCTb said on Monday it is not raising the threat level in the Netherlands, although officials will remain on the alert.
Bin Laden was no longer an operational leader of the terror network but remained an important symbol, NCTb leader Erik Akerboom said.
‘Of course, [the death] may lead to emotional reactions and revenge attacks but these are most likely to take place in countries where al-Qaeda has strong support,’ he is quoted as saying.
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