One Government agency that has been left untouched by the Government shutdown in the United States is their counter-terrorism unit that picked up a Libyan national early on Saturday while another team failed in their mission to Somalia.
Nazih Abdul-Hamed al Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al Libi, has been on America’s most wanted terrorists list since it was introduced after the September 11 attacks.
He is a 49-year-old Libyan National born in Tripoli and has been closely linked to the al-Qaeda.
According to his wife, he was picked up on Saturday shortly after dawn prayers when three vehicles emerged from nowhere and security personnel emerged from the vehicle surrounded him and “kidnapped him, commando style”
He reportedly lived in Manchester, England for a while before returning to Libya, presumably to join the rebel forces that toppled Ghaddafi.
Anas Libi is suspected to be involved in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Dar er Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi Kenya tha resulted in the death of 220 people in total.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said in an interview after Anas al Libi’s capture that his arrest is a demonstration to the whole world that the US will not give up in its fight to bring terrorists to justice.
He is being held in an undisclosed secure location.
Meanwhile another military operation to capture a senior ranking al-Shabbab terrorist group in an overnight raid on Friday failed.
In a statement released, a US official said: “U.S. personnel took all necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties and disengaged after inflicting some al-Shabab casualties,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a covert operation. “We are not in a position to identify those casualties.”