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Kerry: US Africa Raids Show Al-Qaida 'Can Run, But Can't Hide'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says U.S. raids on al-Qaida targets in two African nations show the United States will "never stop" in its effort to hold people accountable for acts of terror.

Speaking Sunday on a visit to Indonesia for a regional summit, the top U.S. diplomat also said al-Qaida militants "can run, but they can't hide."

The U.S. Defense Department said U.S. special forces transferred a senior al-Qaida operative to a "secure location" outside Libya after seizing him inside the north African nation on Saturday.

In a statement, the Pentagon said President Barack Obama approved what it called a "successful capture" of Abu Anas al Libi. It said no Americans were injured in the raid.

A U.S. court has charged Libi with involvement in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The attacks killed more than 200 people and wounded 5,000.

Hours earlier, U.S. special forces also raided a seaside base of al-Qaida's Somalia affiliate al-Shabab in east Africa.

U.S. officials said American Navy SEALs killed several Shabab militants in a firefight after coming ashore in the town of Barawe. They said the SEALs withdrew unharmed without capturing a Shabab leader whom they were targeting.



Shabab members confirmed that they resisted the U.S. attack on Barawe.

One U.S. official told the New York Times that Washington planned the Somalia operation a week and a half ago in response to a Shabab assault on Westerners in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Last month's assault on the Westgate shopping mall killed more than 60 people.

The Libyan government issued a statement saying it has asked the United States for a clarification about the operation to capture al Libi.

Libyan witnesses said armed men in several cars snatched the 49-year-old Libyan in Tripoli as he returned home from morning prayers.

The Libyan government expressed hope that its "strategic relationship" with Washington will "not be damaged" by the incident.

The United States was part of a NATO coalition that helped to bring the Libyan government to power in 2011 by supporting its fighters as they toppled longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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