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Militant's death raises peace hopes

Residents of war-torn Somalia say they hope the death of an al Qaida mastermind accused of plotting US Embassy bombings 13 years ago will bring peace to Somalia.

Resident Ali Abdi, a trader, said he hopes the death of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed will demoralise terror groups active in the country and bring peace after decades of conflict.

Somali officials announced on Saturday that they had killed Mohammed in Mogadishu. Representatives of the al-Shabab militant group did not immediately confirm the death.

Mohammed topped the FBI's most wanted list and had a five million US dollar bounty on his head for planning the August 7, 1998, US Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that left 224 dead.

Somalia has been mired in violence since 1991. Militants are trying to topple the weak, UN-backed government.


From Belfast Telegraph