Kenyan police say an al-Qaida suspect wanted for his role in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies has narrowly escaped capture.

Senior officers say Fazul Abdullah Mohammed escaped a police raid in the Kenyan coastal town of Malindi late Saturday.

They say police arrested two people believed to be Mohammed's associates, and seized two passports and a laptop computer in the raid.

Mohammed is high on the United States' wanted list for his alleged role in the August seventh, 1998 attacks on embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The bombings killed more than 220 people.

Mohammed is originally from the Comoros Islands. He has spent recent years in Somalia. Police say he may have come to Malindi to seek medical help.

The United States is offering a $5-million reward for information leading to his capture.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.