American officials have confirmed that US forces have captured a leading member of Al-Qaeda in a raid on Libya – which was carried out with the permission of the Libyan government, said officials.
Anas al-Libi, who was seized in the capital Tripoli, was wanted over the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 220 people. He has been on FBI's ‘most wanted’ list for more than ten years and had a five million dollar bounty on his head.
An un-named leader of Somalia’s Al-Shabaab group was also targeted in a second raid, which was carried out in southern Somalia, but he appears to have evaded capture.
Al-Shabaab claims that British and Turkish forces took part in the raid, which is categorically denied by both countries. The group has claimed responsibility for September’s attacks in the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya, which left at least 67 people dead.
The Kenyan authorities have named four men who were filmed on CCTV while taking part in the attack.
The US raid in Somalia was carried out by the same Seal Team responsible for the operation in which Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011. It is thought that one Al-Shabaab fighter was killed and 2-3 were injured, but that US forces suffered no losses.