al-Qaida Leader Captured by US Forces in Libya

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says American forces have captured an al-Qaida leader in Libya who is linked to the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in east Africa.

The Pentagon identifies the leader as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi. He has been wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade.

The chief spokesman for the Pentagon, George Little, says al-Libi has been lawfully detained by the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya.

Relatives of al-Libi say he was seized Saturday outside his house in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Al-Libi has been high on Washington's list of most-wanted fugitives. His capture would represent a significant blow to what remains of the core al-Qaida organization once led by Osama bin Laden.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says American forces have captured an al-Qaida leader in Libya who is linked to the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in east Africa.

The official identifies the leader as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi. He has been wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade.

Relatives of al-Libi say he was seized outside his house Saturday in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

The U.S. official says there have been no U.S. casualties in the operation. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

Al-Libi has been high on Washington's list of most-wanted fugitives. His capture would represent a significant blow to what remains of the core al-Qaida organization once led by Osama bin Laden.
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TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Relatives of a Libyan al-Qaida leader, wanted for his role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in East Africa, says the 49-year-old has been kidnapped in Tripoli.

Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, is believed to have returned to Libya during the 2011 civil war that led to the ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

His brother, Nabih, said al-Libi was parking outside his house early Saturday after dawn prayers, when three vehicles encircled him, smashed the car's window and seized his gun before grabbing him and fleeing. The brother said el-Libi's wife saw the kidnapping from her window and described the abductors as foreign-looking armed "commandos."

Al-Libi is on the FBI's most-wanted list with a $ 5 million bounty on his head.


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