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May 18, 2021

U.S. captures Al-Qaida leader in Libya

American officials have confirmed that US forces have captured a leading member of Al-Qaida in a raid on Libya – which was carried out with the permission of the Libyan government, said officials, Euronews informs. Anas al-Libi, who was seized in the capital Tripoli, was wanted over the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 220 people. He has been on FBI’s most wanted list for more than ten years and had a 5 million dollar bounty on his head. An un-named leader of Somalia’s Al-Shabab group was also targeted in a second raid which was carried out in southern Somalia, but he appears to have evaded capture.
Al Shabab claims that British and Turkish forces took part in the raid, which is categorically denied by both countries. The group has claimed responsibility for September’s attacks in the Westgate shopping centre in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, which left at least 67 people dead. The Kenyan authorities have named four men who were filmed on CCTV while taking part in the attack. The US raid in Somalia was carried out by the same Seal Team which was responsible for the operation in Pakistan in which Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2011. It is thought that one Al-Shabab fighter was killed and 2-3 were injured but that US forces suffered no losses.

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