Al-Qaeda East Africa Chief Shot Dead In Somalia

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Somali Police said that Fazl Abdullah Muhammad, one of the most wanted Al-Qaeda leaders in Africa, had been killed at a police checkpost in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday night. Muhammad was suspected of plotting the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that killed over 220 people and wounded 5,000 others. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday described his death as “a significant blow to al-Qaeda and its extremist allies and its operations in East Africa”.

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