Fazul Abdullah Mohammed behind attacks in Africa
“The Associated Press”
Posted: Jun 11, 2011
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has publicly confirmed the death of the al-Qaeda operative behind the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
A Somali minister earlier Saturday said officials in that country have determined that a man killed by security forces on Tuesday was Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.
Now Clinton says in a statement while in Tanzania that his death is a “significant blow to al-Qaeda, its extremist allies and its operations in East Africa.”
She says it’s “a just end for a terrorist who brought so much death and pain to so many innocents” from the embassy bombings.
A spokesman for Somalia’s minister of information, Abdifatah Abdinur, revealed Saturday that Somali officials are certain the dead man is Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.
“We’ve compared the pictures of the body to his old pictures,” he said. “They are the same. It is confirmed. He is the man and he is dead. The man who died is Fazul Abdullah.”
Mohamed had a $5 million US bounty on his head for allegedly planning the Aug. 7, 1998 embassy bombings. The blasts killed 224 people in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, including 12 Americans. About 5,000 were injured.
Members of Somalia’s most dangerous militant group, al-Shabab, have pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda. Al-Shabab’s members include veterans of the Iraq and Pakistan conflicts.
Hundreds of foreign fighters are swelling the ranks of al-Shabab militants who are trying in vain to topple the country’s weak U.N.-backed government.
Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991, when the last central government collapsed.
Source: The Associated Press