Long lines at US-Mexican border after bin Laden death

CIUDAD JUAREZ, May 4, 2011 (AFP) - Long lines of cars snaked back Tuesday at the Mexican border with the United States amid ramped up security measures after a weekend US raid that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Though Mexico's government has not announced special security measures after the US commando raid in Pakistan claimed the life of the world's most wanted man, there was close cooperation with US authorities to check for potentially dangerous persons, said national security spokesman Alejandro Poire.

It took about twice as long as usual to process people wanting to cross the border.

At the crossings in Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo, major backups saw people often waiting up to three hours to cross.

The daring US raid conducted under cover of darkness killed the architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks and sparked scenes of relief and joy around the Western world, as well as concerns over possible retaliation.

US officials say DNA tests have proven conclusively that the man shot above the eye and in the chest was indeed the man who had boasted about his responsibility in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people during the 9/11 strikes.

MySinchew 2011.05.04