Police in Kenya say they have stepped up efforts to catch a suspected
senior al-Qaida operative after he narrowly escaped arrest during a
Officials say police have been put on high alert
and are circulating pictures of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed throughout
Kenya's eastern coastal region.
The pictures were taken from two
passports recovered following Saturday's raid in the coastal town of
Malindi. The passports bore the same picture, believed to be of
Mohammed, but had two different names.
The terror suspect is believed to have fled just minutes before police raided a Malindi residence.
is is wanted by the United States for his alleged role in the August 7, 1998 attacks on embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania. The two bombings killed more than 220 people.
Mohammed is also accused of a November 2002 hotel bombing in Mombasa that killed 15 people.
Kenyan court charged three people with harboring Mohammed. The three
suspects, Mahfoudh Ashur, Lutfiya Abubakar, and Ibrahim Mahfoudh,
pleaded not guilty during a court appearance in the town of Mombasa on
Mohammed is originally from the Comoros Islands off
the east coast of Africa and has spent recent years in Somalia. Police
say he may have come to Malindi to seek help for a kidney ailment.
The United States is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.