East Africa's alleged al-Qaeda leader reported killed
The alleged head of al-Qaeda operations in East Africa and suspected mastermind behind the 1998 terrorist attacks on US embassies in Africa, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, has been killed in Somalia, Kenyan police said Saturday.
"Fazul was killed in Mogadishu and we are planning to conduct a DNA test," Kenya's police commissioner Mathew Iteere was quoted as saying by the Nation newspaper, dpa reported.
Fazul was reportedly killed at a roadblock, along with a member of the al-Qaeda-aligned al-Shabaab, the Islamist insurgent group engaged in a bid to control Somalia and reportedly under his command.
Fazul is wanted by the US in connection with the bombings on August 7, 1998 of the embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam that killed more than 200 people and injured thousands.
He is also alleged to have been behind the 2002 suicide bombing on an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya that left 13 dead and some 80 injured and and attack in which an Israeli plane was shelled.
Abdullah, who was born in the Comores and also Kenyan citizenship, was cited as a possible successor to Osama bin Laden after the al-Qaeda leader was killed by US forces in Pakistan on May 2.