1998 Embassy Bomber Killed in Somalia?
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who is suspected of masterminding the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa, has been killed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, reports say.
Kenyan police said they had heard the news from Somali officials. DNA tests are believed to be under way to confirm the dead man’s identity.
Abdullah was widely regarded as the most wanted man in Africa.
The US FBI lists him as one of its most wanted men with a $5m bounty.
More than 220 people died and 5,000 were hurt in the 1998 bombings, al-Qaeda’s first major attack on US targets.
Abdullah and a fellow militant were shot dead by Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces at a roadblock in the Afgooye corridor, a roughly 20km-long strip of land north-west of Mogadishu, at about 0200 on Wednesday (2300 GMT on Monday), regional security sources told AFP.
If this turns out to be true, was it a lucky shot from what remains of the Somali government? Or perhaps they were given a little “heads up” from a certain intel trove?