"Head" of Al Qaeda in East Africa dead - police

"Head" of Al Qaeda in East Africa dead - police
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The security services in Somalia say they have killed the man believed to be the head of Al Qaeda in East Africa.

The US had offered a five million dollar reward for information leading to the capture of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who is said to have planned the 1998 US embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania.

Police say he was shot during an altercation at a checkpoint in southern Mogadishu.

240 people died and many more were wounded in the attacks on the US embasssies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, which were the first to really bring Al Qaeda to international prominence.