Sunday, June 12, 2011

Al Qaeda loses another leader

The alleged leader of Al Qaeda in East Africa, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, one of the authors of the 1988 anti-American attacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, died last Wednesday during a confrontation at a roadblock, Somali officials said. Confirming the news, U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, called the death of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed as a "significant setback" for the Islamist group.

"It's the right ending for a terrorist who carried death and pain to many innocent people in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and elsewhere, a Tanzanian, Kenyan, Somali and staff at our embassies," the head of U.S. diplomacy visit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The alleged terrorist was carrying $ 40,000 in cash and several mobile phones.

Apparently coming from Lower Juba (southern Somalia), where he led a group of foreign fighters with the nom de guerre "Abu Abdirrahman the Canadian." Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was one of the key players in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, which left 224 dead in July 1998.

He was also involved in anti-Israeli attacks in Mombasa (southeast), which left 15 dead on November 28, 2002, the year he was entrusted with the leadership of Al Qaeda operations for the entire East Africa, according to U.S. intelligence. His death comes a month after a number of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, at the hands of a U.S.

command on 2 May in Pakistan. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed escaped from 10 years ago to chase the Americans, who offered a reward of five million dollars for her. Polyglot, using at least a dozen aliases, the fugitive was an expert in the art of disguise and circulated throughout the region.

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