The man believed to be responsible for the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania 13 years ago has been killed in a police confrontation in Somalia. Fazul Adbullah Mohammed is viewed by some terrorism experts as the al-Quaida leader in East Africa.
In the 1998 bombing attacks, killed 224 people in near-simultaneous explosions that injured another five-thousand, a terrorist assault attributed to al-Qaida operatives. The US had offered a five-million dollar reward for his capture.
Somali officials say the announcement of the death of the terrorist was delayed while his identity was confirmed. The shootout occurred at a checkpoint near Mogadishu.
Officials say Fazul Mohammed was said to be carrying thousands of dollars in cash, and had various passport documents bearing several false identities.
Violence continues in the region even as the deaths are reported. Interior Minister Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hassan died in a suicide bomber attack on Friday inside his home in Mogadishu. A woman identified as one of Hassan’s own relatives detonated explosives she was carrying inside his home.