U.S. captures al-Qaida militant linked to 1998 embassies bombings

U.S. forces captured in Libya an al-Qaida militant wanted for his suspected role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, U.S. media reported Saturday.

U.S. special forces also carried out a raid on a seaside villa in Somalia believed to be a gathering point for the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab and likely killed an unidentified leader of the group in response to the terror attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi last month, according to reports citing unnamed U.S. officials.

In Libya, U.S. troops assisted by federal law enforcement and intelligence officials seized Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Abu Anas al-Liby, in Tripoli, the New York Times reported.

A Pentagon spokesman said later Saturday that al-Liby is being lawfully detained in a secure location outside of Libya.