Al-Qaeda leader, Abu Anas al-Libi, was captured at his home in Libya by Delta Force commandos after they circled his car, smashed his window and forced him into a black Mercedes.
Al-Libi was returning home from his early morning prayers on Saturday when three vehicles swarmed his car, blocking its path and rendering it immobile. Surrounding al-Libi in the driveway of his home in Tripoli, masked Delta Force operators exited their vehicles and rushed towards their target, the Daily Mail reported.
After smashing the car windows of 49-year-old al-Qaeda leader, al-Libi, Delta Force commandos seized the pistol he was carrying before extracting him from the vehicle. Al-Libi was handcuffed, a bag was placed over his head and he was stuffed into one of the blacked-out, un-plated, Delta Force cars before being whisked away.
The highly trained and elite Delta Force commandos had completed their mission, and were gone as quickly as they arrived. Al-Libi, who is wanted for his part in planning the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, which left at least 247 dead and thousands more injured, was flown out of Libya and will likely be extradited to New York to stand trial.
After al-Libi’s capture, Libyan Islamic extremists vowed to avenge the “shameful act” that will “cost the Libyan government a lot.”
But this raid was only one half of a two-part operation carried out within hours of each other across two different countries. U.S. Navy SEALs attempted but failed to capture a Kenyan militant Abdulkadir Mohamad Abdulkadir, who plotted to attack his own country’s parliament as well as the United Nations headquarters.
In the early morning raid in Nairobi, Kenya, Navy SEAL Team Six – the same unit who killed Osama bin Ladin – quietly bubbled up from the ocean waters, and engaged their target in a firefight. They were driven back, however, after encountering heavier than expected resistance.
The two raids come just a week and a half after al-Shabab terrorists bombed the Westgate mall in Nairobi, murdering 67 people and injuring hundreds more.
In a conference in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary of State John Kerry lauded the raids, saying, “Members of al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations literally can run but they can’t hide.”
[ Daily Mail ]