The al-Qaida member suspected of being behind the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania has been killed, a Somali official said today.
The spokesman for Somalia’s minister of information, Abdifatah Abdinur, said officials have concluded that a man security forces killed on Tuesday was Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.
He had a $5m bounty on his head for allegedly planning the 1998 embassy bombings. The blasts killed more than 200 people in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
"We've compared the pictures of the body to his old pictures,'' said Mr Abdinur. ``They are the same. It is confirmed. He is the man and he is dead. The man who died is Fazul Abdullah.''
Mr Abdinur said the government is planning to issue a statement confirming Mohammed’s death.
Members of Somalia’s most dangerous militant group, al-Shabab, have pledged allegiance to al-Qaida. Al-Shabab’s members include veterans of the Iraq and Pakistan conflicts.
Hundreds of foreign fighters are swelling the ranks of al-Shabab militants who are trying in vain to topple the country’s weak UN-backed government.
Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991, when the last central government collapsed.