The US strikes in Somalia killed the Al Qaeda leader behind the US embassy attacks in 1998.
Authorities reported that FBI Most Wanted Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was killed in the US strikes. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed’s terrorist cell previously attempted to use surface-to-air missiles to shoot down an Israeli passenger aircraft departing Mombasa for Tel Aviv.
The Al Qaeda Leader who planned the embassy bombings was killed in US airstrikes Somailan officials reported today:
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MOGADISHU, Somalia – The suspected al-Qaida militant who planned the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in east Africa was killed in an American airstrike in Somalia, an official said Wednesday.
“I have received a report from the American side chronicling the targets and list of damage,” Abdirizak Hassan, the Somali president’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press. “One of the items they were claiming was that Fazul Abdullah Mohammed is dead.”
Mohammed, 32, allegedly planned the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 225 people.
He is also suspected of planning the car bombing of a beach resort in Kenya and the near simultaneous attempt to shoot down an Israeli airliner in 2002. Ten Kenyans and three Israelis were killed in the blast at the hotel, 12 miles north of Mombasa. The missiles missed the airliner.
213 people were killed and more than 5,000 were injured in the African embassy attacks.
Bill Clinton observed a moment of silence for the victims of the embassy bombings. Clinton said the US would have to resist and fight it in the future.
The US continued strikes on southern Somalia today. At least four villages were hit as they continued to hunt down terrorists.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – U.S. forces hunting al Qaeda suspects hit four sites in air strikes in southern Somalia on Wednesday, a Somali government source said, as international criticism mounted over Washington’s military intervention.
“As we speak now, the area is being bombarded by the American air force,” the source told Reuters.
He said the attacks hit an area close to Ras Kamboni, a coastal village near the Kenyan border where many fugitive Islamists are believed holed-up after being ousted by Ethiopian troops defending Somalia’s interim government.
Four places were hit — Hayo, Garer, Bankajirow and Badmadowe, the source said. “Bankajirow was the last Islamist holdout. Bankajirow and Badmadowe were hit hardest,” he added.
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