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Alleged US Embassy Bomber Killed in Somalia

 
 
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 In an action Secretary Clinton called "a significant blow to al Qaeda," Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, a man believed to have helped orchestrated the 1998 US Embassy bombing in Somalia, was killed by government forces Wednesday. He was the most wanted man in Africa, and had a $5 million bounty on his head, according to the BBC:

 

Mr Mohammed and a fellow militant were shot dead by Somali Transitional Federal Government forces at a checkpoint in Mogadishu, Somali security officials told AFP and Reuters.

"Our forces fired on two men who refused to stop at a roadblock. They tried to defend themselves when they were surrounded by our men," TFG commander Abdikarim Yusuf told AFP.

"We took their ID documents, one of which was a foreign passport," he said, adding that medicine, mobile phones and laptops were also found.

Somali sources told AFP that Mr Mohammed was carrying some $40,000 in cash and a South African passport bearing the name "Daniel Robinson".

 

 

The man was later officially identified as Mohammed through DNA. Read more here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 11, 2011, 8:24am

 
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