Nairobi Bomb Blast Mastermind Gunned Down With Daughter

  • Scenes from the 1998 bombings at the US Embassy in Nairobi.
    Scenes from the 1998 bombings at the US Embassy in Nairobi.
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  • One of the alleged masterminds of the 1998 bombing at the US embassy in Nairobi has been killed.

    The New York Times was first to report that Al Qaeda commander Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, alias Abu Muhammad al-Masri was gunned down on the streets of Tehran in Iran three months ago.

    Intelligence officials confirmed to the publication that al-Masri was killed along with his daughter on August 7, exactly 22 years after the bomb blast.

    The New York Times stated that the two were allegedly shot by two assassins on a motorcycle.

    AL Qaeda commander Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah profile on the FBI website
    Al Qaeda commander Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah profile on the FBI website
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    "The attack was carried out by Israeli operatives at the behest of the United States, according to four of the officials. It is unclear what role if any was played by the United States, which had been tracking the movements of Mr. al-Masri and other Al Qaeda operatives in Iran for years," The publication noted.

    According to the report, the commander was driving his white Renault L90 Sedan with his daughter near his home in Tehran.  

    Two gunmen fired five shots from a pistol fitted with a silencer.

    Four of the bullets entered the car through the driver’s side and a fifth hit a nearby car, NY Times stated.

    Al-Masri is alleged to be one of Al Qaeda’s founding leaders and featured on the F.B.I.’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

    The US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania are reported to have killed 224 people and wounded hundreds more.

    The FBI had offered a $10 million (Ksh1 Billion) reward for information leading to his capture.

    Victims and their families sued Sudan in US courts arguing that Sudan harbored Al-Qaeda operatives who planned the attacks.

    Scenes from the 1998 bombing in Nairobi.
    Scenes from the 1998 bombing in Nairobi.
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