TRIPOLI – United States Secretary of State John Kerry
has defended the capture on Saturday of alleged al-Qaeda
leader Abu Anas al-Liby as a “legal and appropriate target”.
Liby is a suspected mastermind of the 1998 US Embassy
attacks in Africa.
Son Abdullah al-Raghie said his father had been seized by
masked gunmen and that some of them were Libyans.
Kerry’s comments come after Libya called on the United
States to explain the special forces raid on its territory, one
of two by American commandos in Africa on Saturday.
Kerry said Liby would face justice in a court of law.
“With respect to Abu Anas al-Liby, he is a key al-Qaeda
figure, and he is a legal and an appropriate target for the US
military,” Kerry told reporters on the sidelines of an Asia-
Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit
Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s office said he had
asked for clarification on the raid and stressed Libya was
“keen on prosecuting any Libyan citizen inside Libya”.
Citing surveillance camera footage, Liby’s son Abdullah
al-Raghie said his father was seized in Tripoli early on
Saturday by masked gunmen armed with pistols, as he was
parking outside his house.
He said that those he could see taking his father looked
Libyan and spoke a Libyan dialect.
He claims the Libyan government was implicated in his
father’s disappearance – a claim Tripoli denies.
On Saturday, American commandos also carried out a
raid in southern Somalia, but failed to capture their target.
The US Navy Seals’ seaborne raid was believed to have
focused on a leader of the al-Shabab militant group.
Al-Shabab has said it carried out last month’s attack
on the Westgate shopping centre in the Kenyan capital
Nairobi, leaving at least 67 people dead.
A Uniuted States official speaking on the condition of
anonymity later identified the militant as Ikrima – a foreign
fighter commander for al-Shabab in Somalia,
Reuters reported. (BBC)