Oct 07, 2013

    US strikes at extremists in Africa

    IN A stealthy seaside assault in Somalia and in a raid in Libya's capital, United States special forces on Saturday struck out against Islamic extremists who carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa.

    A US Navy Seal team swam ashore near a town in southern Somalia before militants of the terrorist group Al-Shabab rose for dawn prayers, but the operation did not get its target, Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, also known as Ahmed Godane, who is an Al-Shabab leader linked to last month's Nairobi mall attack.

    In Tripoli, US forces captured a Libyan militant who had been indicted in 2000 for his role in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

    The militant, born Nazih Abdul-Hamed Al-Ruqai and known as Abu Anas Al-Liby, had a US$5-million (S$6-million) bounty on his head and his capture ended a 15-year manhunt.

    AP, NYT