11 Jun '11, 5pm

Al-Qaeda's E. Africa chief believed dead: US official

Al-Qaeda's E. Africa chief believed dead: US official

WASHINGTON - The United States believes the presumed head of Al-Qaeda in east Africa, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, is dead, US officials said Saturday. "Fazul's death removes one of the terrorist group's most experienced operational planners in East Africa and has almost certainly set back operations," a senior official from President Barack Obama's administration told AFP in confirming the Al-Qaeda operative had been killed. "We commend the good work by the TFG," the official added, referring to Fazul's killing by Somalia's Transitional Federal Government forces. Another US official had earlier said there was "strong reason" to believe the 38-year-old was indeed dead. Fazul is wanted for blowing up the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He is thought to have planned the massive truck bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam that killed 224 people in 1998 and has a $5 million bo...

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