Fox News is reporting that Al Qaeda has confirmed Bin Laden's death on several militant Islamist websites.
The confirmation appeared as a statement posted on the websites signed by the "the general leadership" of Al Qaeda. The statement paves the way for Al Qaeda to pick a successeor to Bin Laden who will likely be his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri, a prominent meber of the organization.
The statement was posted on May 3 and was the first statement issued since the daring raid by US Navy Seals. The authenticity of the posts could not be confirmed but the posts appeared on websites where Al Qaeda traditionally posts.
"We stress that the blood of the holy warrior sheik, Usama bin Laden, God Bless him, is precious to us and to all Muslims and will not go in vain." We will remain, God willing, a curse chasing the Americans and their agents, following them outside and inside their countries."
"Soon, God willing, their happiness will turn to sadness, their bllod will be mingled with their tears."
There was no explanation on how Al Qaeda would retaliate.
"It is impossible, impossible. Sheik Osama didn't build an organization to die when he dies," the statement read. "The university of faith, Quran and jihad from which bin Laden graduated will not close its doors," it added.
"The soldiers of Islam will continue in groups and united, plotting and planning without getting bored, tired, with determination, without giving up until striking a blow," the statement.
It said bin Laden was killed "along an established path followed by the best of those who came before him and those who will come after him."
In the statement, Al Qaeda also called on Pakistanis to rise up in revolt against its leaders to "cleanse the shame."It also said that an audio message bin Laden recorded a week before his death would be issued soon.
The posters of the statement seemed unaware of the news that bin Ladens had been buried at sea. The post warned against mishandling or mistreating bin Laden's body and demanded that he be handed over to his family, saying:
"any harm (to the body) will open more doors of evil, and there will be no one to blame but yourselves."