Al-Qaida Mastermind Fazul Abdullah Mohammed Killed in Somalia
The Al-Qaida mastermind, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, has been reported killed by security forces in Somalia. He was suspected of masterminding the bombing of US embassies in Africa.
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was one of the most wanted people in the world with a $5 million price tag on his head. It is understood that he was killed when he refused to stop at a checkpoint near the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
It is thought that he was behind the attacks in 1998 on embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania which left more than 200 people dead and many thousands suffering injuries. By far the largest number of people caught up in the attacks were local people, either those working in the area or people unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It is also understood that he was behind a couple of attacks on Israeli targets in Africa during the early 2000′s, the bombing of a hotel in Kenya where 13 people died and an attempted shooting down of a passenger plane.
Most so called Al-Qaida cells are loosely linked into the group for practical, financial or political reasons but follow their own agendas. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed seemed to be different in that he truly believed in the Al-Qaida cause and was prepared to attack international targets.
The news comes on the back of Osama Bin Laden‘s death and it is thought that it will have an significant impact on the groups operations in Africa.