Skip to comments.Al Qaeda's East Africa chief Fazul Mohammed killed in Somalia
Posted on 06/11/2011 2:08:06 PM PDT by csvset
Somali officials confirmed today that Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, al Qaeda's leader in East Africa and a senior Shabaab commander, was killed at a Somali military checkpoint in Mogadishu earlier this week. Fazul is one of the most wanted terrorists in East Africa for his role in attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania as well as his role within Shabaab.
Somalia's minister of information confirmed Fazul's death, according to The Associated Press. "We've compared the pictures of the body to his old pictures," he said. "They are the same. It is confirmed. He is the man and he is dead. The man who died is Fazul Abdullah."
A US intelligence official who tracks al Qaeda in East Africa told The Long War Journal that Fazul was indeed killed.
"We're certain we got him," the intelligence official told The Long War Journal.
News of Fazul's death first came from Kenya's top police official, who said Somali officials claimed the terrorist was one of two killed on June 8.
"We have received that communication from authorities in Somalia. We have been told that there were two terrorists who were killed in Somalia on Wednesday last week," Kenyan Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere told AFP. The identity of one of the two dead Shabaab leaders had "been given as Fazul Mohammed."
"TFG forces have confirmed they gunned him down at a roadblock on Wednesday," Iteere later told The Nation.
Fazul was carrying "a South African passport in the name of Daniel Robinson" and was carrying more than $40,000 in cash, Sky News reported. "The passport, issued April 13, 2009, indicated that its bearer left South Africa for Tanzania on March 19 and was granted a visa there."
An unnamed Shabaab leader told AFP that Fazul was killed.
"One of the men that was killed near Mogadishu was Fazul Abdullah, may Allah bless his soul. He is not dead as thousands like him are still in the fight against the enemy of Allah," the Shabaab commander said.
Neither Shabaab nor al Qaeda has released an official martyrdom statement announcing Fazul's death.
A photograph of what appears to be Fazul's corpse was published earlier this week. On June 8, Radio Mogadishu published a photograph of one of the two men killed in the clash at a checkpoint near Mogadishu, as well as pictures of the SUV and an AK-47 and body armor. Radio Mogadishu claimed the man shown in this image was that of "Abdurrahman Canadian," but a Somali official told The Long War Journal that the man pictured is Fazul Abdullah Mohammed [see Threat Matrix report, Pictures of Al Qaeda leader Fazul Mohammed's corpse, SUV, and weapon for more photos].
Fazul is the last of the three al Qaeda operatives wanted for the 1998 suicide attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania to have been killed. In September 2009, US Special Operations Forces killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan during a raid south of Mogadishu. And in early 2007, Abu Tahla al Sudani was killed during fighting with Ethiopian forces.
Zero will claim credit, somehow............
Working for al qaeda is becoming a high risk occupation. Pretty soon they’ll qualify for US govt aid and osha will be calling for their protection.
So we get his death picture...
Looks like they’re having a high turnover rate in personnel lately.
“”We’re certain we got him,” the intelligence official told The Long War Journal.”
No doubt Zero’s top notch personal assisination team was manning that Somali roadblock.
assisination = assassination. Sheesh, hard to type coherently while watching horse racing. :-)
“Live fast, die young, and leave a purty corpse”.
I’ve never before seen a dead guy who resembled himself in life. Congratulations Fazool! That was your finest hour!
May it rot in pig fat, like the profit (may pig piss be upon it).
Nice shootin’ Tex!
I miss having cash. Damn electronic payments..
I just love a story with a happy ending! Please tell us another one!
Osama burned him
Just like “whack a mole” there will be another one to come along soon. Where is osama bin laden’s photo?
Yep, same guy—he has a prominent widow’s peak.
Just doing what any good freeper would do in the name of research and schadenfreude. Hell yeah! Get some!
Made my weekend.
A big Hurrah to whoever drilled this bastard.
He do look very dead.
Question: I know that the FBI does not pay US military personnel for offing or nabbing anyone who has a bounty on their head, but will they fork over the dough to these Somali troops for bagging this guy?
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