Last updated at 5:32 PM on 6th May 2011
A protest by hundreds of Osama bin Laden supporters sparked fury outside the US Embassy in London today as they staged a mock ‘funeral service’ for the assassinated terror leader.
Police stepped in to separate the protesters and members of the English Defence League amid threats of violence from both sides.
Radicals carrying placards proclaiming ‘Islam will dominate the world’ branded US leaders ‘murderers’ and warned vengeance attacks were ‘guaranteed’.
Muslim protesters clash with police outside the American Embassy in London
A radical Muslim argues with one police officer as other officers attempt to control the protests
‘It is only a matter of time before another atrocity – the West is the enemy,’ Abu Muaz, 28, from east London, said.
The protest comes amid heightened security in London fearing a revenge attacks by Al-Qaeda and was organised by controversial preacher Anjem Choudary.
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The former UK leader of the outlawed al-Muhajiroun and member of the ‘poppy-burning’ Muslims Against Crusades extremist group called on the U.S. to return bin Laden’s body to relatives.
Police try to protect one of their colleagues as he gets into difficulties during the protest
He has already warned of another 7/7-style terror attack in the wake of bin Laden’s death.
Britain has followed the US in placing its embassies, diplomatic missions and military bases around the world on heightened alert in recent days.
An EDL member did manage to slip through police lines to unveil an effigy of bin Laden in the middle of the 300-strong group of extremist Muslims.
Muslim demonstrators outside the U.S. embassy protest peacefully following Bin Laden’s death before they clashed with police
The demonstrators chant slogans and show off home-made placards as they walk close to Grovesnor Square in central London
It prompted screams of ‘USA, burn in hell’ and ‘Obama, burn in hell’ from angry protesters.
The protests from both sides left onlookers in Grosvenor Square unimpressed.
Mary Smythe, 38, from Croydon, south London, said: ‘I think both sides are pathetic, quite frankly.
‘It’s disappointing and horrible to listen to the threats. They are all an embarrassment to this country.’
Bin Laden, who masterminded the attack in 2001 on the Twin Towers in New York, was killed on Monday by US forces in Pakistan.
Members of the English Defence League met at the U.S. embassy to confront the radical Muslims during the protests
The CIA spied on Osama bin Laden for months from its own top-secret safehouse in Abbottabad, it has since been revealed.
In one of the most intricate intelligence operations in CIA history, spies moved in to a property next door to Bin Laden’s fortified compound to establish his ‘pattern of life’.
President Barack Obama yesterday visited New York to place a wreath at Ground Zero.