(MOGADISHU, Somalia) -- Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who is alleged to have been involved in the bombings of two U.S. Embassies in 1998, was killed in Somalia on June7.
Fazul was reportedly killed during a shootout with Somalia forces at a Mogadishu checkpoint.
Fazul was indicted for his alleged involvement in the bombings of U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, on August 7, 1998.
"We commend the good work by the TFG (Transitional Federal Government)," a senior U.S. official told ABC News. "Fazul's death removes one of the terrorist group's most experienced operational planners in East Africa and has almost certainly set back operations."
One Somali government source told ABC News that the government had handed over Fazul's body to the U.S. for identification following the deadly shooting.
Fazul was listed as one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, and had a $5 million reward being offered for his capture.
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