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Raids show terrorists “can run but they can’t hide” — John Kerry

US forces captured a suspect in the 1988 US embassy bombings during a raid in Libya. Another raid, targeting a militant in Somalia, was aborted after a gun battle.

John Kerry speaks to the media in Bali
John Kerry speaks to the media in Bali
Image: Pardomuan Siagian/AP/Press Association Images

US SECRETARY OF State John Kerry has said that a pair of U.S. military raids against militants in north Africa send the message that terrorists “can run but they can’t hide.”

In raids in Somalia and in Libya’s capital yesterday, US special forces struck against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa. They captured a Libyan al-Qaida leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago.

After a fierce firefight, a US Navy SEAL team in Somalia aborted a mission to capture a terrorist suspect linked to last month’s Nairobi shopping mall attack.

Kerry, who is in Bali for an economic summit, is the highest-level figure in the US administration to speak about the operations yet.

“We hope that this makes clear that the United States of America will never stop in the effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror,” Kerry said.

“Members of al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations literally can run but they can’t hide.”

The Secretary of State vowed the United States would “continue to try to bring people to justice in an appropriate way with hopes that ultimately these kinds of activities against everybody in the world will stop.”

The Pentagon identified the al-Qaida leader captured in Tripoli, Libya, as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi. He’s been on the FBI’s most wanted terrorists list since it was introduced shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

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