May 2, 2011 / 9:23 AM / in 9 years

No escape for global terrorists - Russia

People celebrate after Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, during a spontaneous celebration in New York's Times Square, May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Chip East

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Monday praised the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces in Pakistan as a “serious success” and vowed there would be no escape for global terrorists.

“Revenge is inescapable for all terrorists,” the Kremlin press service said in the first official comment on the death of bin Laden, architect of the airliner attacks on New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

“Only a joint struggle against global terrorism can bring a result,” it added in a statement. “Russia is ready to increase its cooperation.”

Moscow is fighting an insurgency in the North Caucasus, and says that rebels with links to al Qaeda have been involved in attacks both there and in the Russian heartland.

“Russia was one of the first countries to encounter the dangers posed by global terrorism, and unfortunately knows from direct experience what al Qaeda stands for,” the Kremlin said.

Reporting by Douglas Busvine, Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Jon Boyle

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