Very good news for Saturday! The Sunday Nation reports that the mastermind of the 1998 twin bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam Fazul Abdullah has been killed by Somalia government forces in Mogadishu.
Abdullah was wanted for the fatal bombing of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that left at least 250 people dead and many injured. He was reportedly killed by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces on Wednesday at a roadblock. The run-away terrorist, who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigations watchlist of most wanted terrorists, is believed to have taken over the leadership of al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, al-Shabaab from where he directed world attacks and African terror operations.
Confirming the reports, Kenya’s Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said he was working with security officers in Somalia to get a comprehensive report. “TFG forces have confirmed they gunned him down at a roadblock on Wednesday,” Mr Iteere told the Nation Saturday.
Abdullah was purported to be the leader of the al Qaeda East African presence. He was also wanted for the car bombing of Paradise Beach Hotel at Kikambala at the Coast in 2002. Thirteen people were killed and more than 80 people injured. The U.S. has confirmed his death.
Score one for the good guys!