Al-Qaida figure eludes Kenya capture
Police narrowly missed capturing a wanted al-Qaida leader in Kenya during the weekend and are conducting an intense manhunt for him, officials said.
The fugitive, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, is accused of planning the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 250 people, the BBC reported Monday. The broadcaster said Mohammed barely evaded a police raid at the coastal town of Malindi, where three people were arrested for allegedly harboring him.
The United States has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Mohammed’s arrest.
Three people have been charged in the operation he fled from:
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed escaped arrest during a police operation in the coastal town of Malindi Saturday in which police seized two other suspects. The wife of one of the suspects was arrested a day later.
The three denied the charge before a court in Kenya’s port town of Mombasa and were remanded until Friday.