Security up at Portsmouth naval base after bin Laden’s death

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SECURITY has been stepped up at Portsmouth Naval Base in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Armed guards are on order to be ‘extra vigilant’ for fear of reprisals after US special forces killed the al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan at the weekend.

The terror response level remains ‘heightened’ at the base, which is the home of the Royal Navy.

It comes after defence secretary Liam Fox ordered all British military bases to maintain a ‘high level of vigilance’.

He said: ‘In view of the possibility of violent attacks from al-Qaeda or its sympathisers, I have directed my department to maintain a high level of vigilance in all UK defence facilities at home and abroad.’

The decade-long hunt for the world’s most wanted man ended in an assault at a compound in Abbottabad, near Pakistani capital Islamabad.

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday hailed the operation a ‘massive step forward’ in tackling terrorism, but warned the world had to be alert to short-term reprisals.

Meanwhile, the president of Pakistan dismissed claims his country harboured bin Laden as ‘baseless speculation’ as the US said it was determined to find out how the terror chief behind the 9/11 attacks in New York had remained undetected in the country.