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5-Year Hunt Fails to Net Qaeda Suspect in Africa

A recent urgent terrorism alert in Kenya is the latest frustrating chapter in a five-year international manhunt for one of the world’s most wanted Qaeda suspects, American and Kenyan officials say. The alert was issued in May after the suspect, Fazul Abdullah Muhammad, was sighted in Mombasa. Investigators say he has been an associate of Osama bin Laden since the early 1990’s and is the leader of Al Qaeda’s operations in East Africa. The officials said they had been pursuing him sometimes close on his heels since he emerged in the investigation of the bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. What has helped Mr. Muhammad evade capture, Western officials say, is Kenya’s porous 420-mile border with Somalia, an anarchic and lawless country where the American presence all but evaporated in the early 90’s after a military debacle in which 18 G.I.’s were killed. Full Story

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