The killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden has led to a direct threat by militants on a relative of US President Barack Obama.

ABC News reported that Al Shabaab, a Somali-based al-Qaeda organization has threatened to kill Obama’s 88-year-old Kenyan grandmother, Sarah Onyango Obama.

On Wednesday, Omar Hamami, a senior Shabaab official, warned: “We are sending a message to [Barack] Obama and [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton that we will avenge the death of our leader Sheikh Osama bin Laden very soon. Osama is dead but the holy war is not dead. Mujahedeen fighters all over the world are fully prepared to revenge the death of our leader.”

The threat is being taken so seriously that she has received round-the-clock security.

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