Nairobi avenged: Al Qaeda’s No. 2 Abu Muhammad al-Masri is shot dead by Israeli agents in Iran at behest of US on 22nd anniversary of attacks he masterminded on US embassies that killed 224
He and his daughter were assassinated by Israeli agents who were working on the behest of U.S. officials, according to reports
His death came exactly 22 years after he masterminded bombings on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killing 224 people
He also allegedly ordered an attack in Mombasa, Kenya, in 2002 that killed 13 Kenyans and three Israeli tourists
No country has yet taken responsibility for his death and Al Qaeda has not announced his killing
Iran officials tried to cover up his death using an alias
Yet as of Friday, he was still listed on the F.B.I.’s most wanted terrorist list with a $10million bounty on his head as neither the U.S., Iran or Israel have publicly acknowledged his death, despite it being rumored.
It is not yet clear what role the U.S. may have played in his death but they are known to have been tracking his movements, and those of other al Qaeda leaders in Iran, for years.
His death had remained a secret until now, the Times said.
In fact, in reports of the shooting in Iran’s official news media, the victims were named as Habib Daoud, a Lebanese history professor, and his 27-year-old daughter Maryam.
The Times reports that Daoud does not exist and was an alias used by Iran intelligence officials who may have wished to cover up the fact that the Al Qaeda leader, an enemy of the state, was being harbored in the country.
In response, Iran said Saturday that the Times report was based on made-up information and denied the presence of any of the group’s members.