The Cyprus Police have stepped up security measures for the protection of potential Western and US targets in Cyprus, following the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and the relevant statements by US President Barack Obama.

According to Police Spokesman Michalis Katounotos, the force has adopted additional security measures in the event of new terrorist activities or reaction to the death of bin Laden.

Speaking to CNA, Katsounotos also said that Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou has given orders to Police Stations and the respective departments to increase their readiness in protecting Western and US targets in particular. Increased security measures are also enforced at entry and exit points of the Republic, he added.

“The situation will be continuously monitored by the competent counter terrorism office of the Police Headquarters, in order to brief the leadership on the adoption of necessary measures” Katsounotos concluded.

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