U.S. Says Navy SEAL Team Stages Raid on Somali Militants; Anas al-Libi, Libyan Militant wanted over 1998 embassy bombings, was captured by the US and another report says kidnapped
US captures Al-Qaeda leader wanted over 1998 embassy bombings
Anas al-Libi was overwhelmed by US forces on his way back from dawn prayers in Tripoli, says brother
A screenshot from the FBI website shows Anas Al-Liby's page on the agency's 'Most Wanted Terrorists' list.FBIA senior Libyan al-Qaeda figure wanted by the U.S. for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa has been captured by American forces, according to officials and the suspect’s brother.
Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Liby, was parked outside his house in Tripoli early Saturday following dawn prayers, when three vehicles encircled him, smashed the car's window and seized his gun before grabbing him and fleeing, al-Liby’s brother Nabih told the Associated Press.A U.S. official later confirmed to the Reuters news agency that al-Liby had been taken into custody.
It ends a 15-year manhunt for the suspect, who was listed on the FBI’s most wanted list.
Al-Liby was indicted by a New York court in 2000 for his alleged role in planning the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya on Aug. 7, 1998. The attacks killed 224 civilians and injured 5,000 others.
The U.S. Department of State was offering a $5 million reward for information leading to al-Liby. More from america.aljazeera.comNAIROBI, Kenya — A Navy SEAL team targeted a senior leader of the Shabab militant group in a raid on his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe on Saturday, American officials said, in response to a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall for which the group had claimed responsibility.
U.S. Says Navy SEAL Team Stages Raid on Somali Militants
The SEAL team stealthily approached the beachfront house by sea before exchanging gunfire with militants in a predawn firefight that was the most significant raid by American troops on Somali soil since commandos killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Qaeda mastermind, near the same town four years ago.
The unidentified Shabab leader is believed to have been killed in the firefight, but the SEAL team was forced to withdraw before that could be confirmed, a senior American security official said. Such operations by American forces are rare because they carry a high risk, and indicate that the target was considered a high priority. Baraawe, a small port town south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, is known as a gathering place for the Shabab’s foreign fighters.
Anas al-Libi, Libyan Militant, Reportedly Kidnapped In Tripoli
WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says American forces have captured an al-Qaida leader in Libya who is linked to the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in east Africa.The official identifies the leader as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi. He has been wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade.
Relatives of al-Libi say he was seized outside his house Saturday in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
The U.S. official says there have been no U.S. casualties in the operation. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.