An outlet for official messages from al-Qaeda has been deleting posts of Osama bin Laden's death and pledged that the jihad, or holy war, will continue, US monitoring group SITE said on Monday.
It said the Shumukh al-Islam forum has been asking users to wait for confirmation of Bin Laden's death before making any more posts, but there was a heavy flow of messages offering prayers and vowing that jihad will continue.
"One forum administrator posted a message demanding that members wait until the news is confirmed by mujahedeen (holy fighter) sources before the members should comment on the matter," according to the US monitoring group's English translation.
It said that some users had posted vague threats against the United States. "America will reap the same if the news (of his death) is true (or) false," one read.
"The lions will remain lions and will continue moving in the footsteps of Osama," said another.