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NAIROBI, Kenya – The al-Qaida operative behind the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania has been killed, a Somali official said Saturday.
Somali officials have determined that a man killed by security forces on Tuesday was Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, said a spokesman for Somalia's minister of information, Abdifatah Abdinur.
"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."
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters, said: "There's strong reason to believe he's dead. He was killed at a police checkpoint in Mogadishu."
Abdinur said the government is planning to issue a statement confirming Mohamed's death.
Mohamed had a $5 million 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 combined. Most of the dead were Kenyans. Twelve Americans also died.
Members of Somalia's most dangerous militant group, al-Shabab, have pledged allegiance to al-Qaida. Al-Shabab's members include veterans of the Iraq and Pakistan conflicts.
Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss intelligence matters. Abdirizak Hassan, chief of staff for President Abdullahi Yusuf, said suspected al-Qaida cell leader Fazul Abdullah Mohammed and three leaders of the fleeing Islamic Courts Union government had been killed. The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that an Air Force AC-130 gunship fired Sunday at what U.S. officials called a terrorist hideout in a forested area near the southern border with Kenya, after "credible intelligence" indicated that senior al-Qaida leaders were there.
United States officials immediately distanced themselves from the Somali claim, saying that they were not even sure Mr. Fazul was among the terrorism suspects hiding in southern Somalia with Islamist fighters. They did say then that Abu Taha al-Sudani, a top aide to Mr. Fazul, and Aden Hashi Ayrow, a Somali terrorism suspect, might have been killed.query.nytimes.com...
Originally posted by burntheships
So, whats going on? Well in any case, since "its official" and a U.S. official says its "official" then
it must be official, Fuzul is dead.
Do all of these al-Quaida leaders die many deaths?