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Osama bin Laden death: Sheriff warns residents to be watchful for terrorist reprisals

May 1, 2011 |  9:50 pm

Sheriff Lee Baca. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said he is activating his emergency bureau in the wake of the CIA killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Baca, speaking to KTLA News, said law enforcement officials want to be prepared in the event of any attempted terrorist reprisals.

He said airports, harbors and transit systems are always the biggest potential targets for terrorism in L.A. and added that beefed up security is possible.

The Sheriff's Department might also call a news conference to remind the public of local counter-terrorism measures and remind people to report suspicious activity.

"Right now, there is time for celebration," he told the station. "We need more public vigilance. ... If you see or hear something, say something."


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Photo: Sheriff Lee Baca. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times