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Architect of U.S. Embassy bombings killed

Written by kumaran   // June 11, 2011   // Comments Off

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The al-Qaeda architect behind the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania was killed by Somali forces this week in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, U.S. and Somali officials said Saturday.

The death of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, considered the most wanted man in East Africa, is the second major al-Qaeda operative to be killed since the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2 in Pakistan, dealing a significant blow to the terrorism network.

Mohammed had topped the FBI’s most-wanted list for nearly 13 years, with a $5 million bounty on his head, for allegedly orchestrating the embassy bombings, which killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, while on a visit to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, confirmed Mohammed’s death and described it as “a significant blow to Al Qaeda, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa.”

“It is a just end for a terrorist who brought so much death and pain to so many innocents in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam and elsewhere — Tanzanians, Kenyans, Somalis and our own embassy personnel,” she said.

Mohammed was killed late Tuesday night after apparently getting lost on the streets of Mogadishu and mistakenly encountering a Somali government checkpoint. When Mohammed and a passenger tried to speed away, the soldiers fired at them, killing both men, according to Somali officials. Mohammed’s body was buried, but later when Somali officials went through his documents, they exhumed the body and realized who he was.

The Obama administration’s counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, declared Mohammed’s death “another huge setback to al Qaeda and its extremist allies, and provides a measure of justice to so many who lost loved ones because of the actions of this terrorist. “


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