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Al-Qaida Suspect Dies Days Before US Trial

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File image from the FBI website of Abu Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaida leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

File image from the FBI website of Abu Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaida leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

A suspected Libyan al-Qaida member has died just days before he was to go on trial in New York for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.

The lawyer for Abu Anas al-Libi said his client, who had hepatitis C and advanced liver cancer, died Friday at a hospital in the New York area.

Libi and Khalid al-Fawwaz, a Saudi, were due to stand trial on January 12 for the attacks in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 200 people.

Bernard Kleinman, Libi's lawyer, said his client's health had deteriorated rapidly in the last month.

Libi and Fawwaz had both pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges.

LIbi was snatched by U.S. special forces in Tripoli in October 2013. He was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's list of most wanted terrorists.

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