Group confirms death of its leader in an online posting and says it will continue attacks on the West.

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Al Qaeda says it will release a recording of Osama bin Laden made one week before his death [GALLO/GETTY]
Al-Qaeda has confirmed the death of its leader, Osama bin Laden, and said in an online posting that it would continue to launch attacks on the West.

The group said it would not deviate from the path of armed struggle and that bin Laden's blood " is more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain".

The statement was released on forums sympathetic to al-Qaeda and translated by the SITE monitoring service on Friday.

"It [bin Laden's blood] will remain, with permission from Allah the Almighty, a curse that chases the Americans and their agents, and goes after them inside and outside their countries,"al-Qaeda said.

It was not clear what country the statement had been posted from.

The message called upon Pakistan, where bin Laden was discovered, to "rise up and revolt to cleanse this shame that has been attached to them... and to clearn their country from the filth of the Americans who spread corruption in it".

It added that the group would soon release an audiotape of bin Laden that was recorded one week before he was killed by US commandos on Monday.

Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen confirmed the death of bin Laden four days ago, after speaking to their contacts in Pakistan.

A spokesman for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said they were devastated at the news.

"This news has been a catastrophe for us. At first we did not believe it, but we got in touch with our brothers in Pakistan who have confirmed it," a member told the AFP news agency.