U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi who was captured earlier this week is behind plots that killed hundreds and will be brought to justice.
Al-Libi “helped plan and execute plots that killed hundreds of people, a whole lot of Americans. We have strong evidence of that. And he will be brought to justice,” Obama told reporters in a news conference.
The al-Qaeda figure was captured in Tripoli on Saturday and then taken onto a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea.
Al-Libi is being questioned by the U.S. High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, an inter-agency group created in 2009 and housed in the FBI's National Security Branch, according to Reuters.
He is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians and is on the FBI’s most wanted list with a $5 million reward.
The al-Qaeda suspect has been accused in a U.S. federal court in New York for allegedly playing a key role in the East Africa bombings.
Libya has condemned al-Libi’s capture and demanded on Tuesday that the United States hand him back, describing the U.S. operation as a "flagrant violation of (Libya's) national sovereignty," AFP reported.
The government has also summoned U.S. Ambassador Deborah Jones to seek clarification over the capture.
Obama, who was speaking at the White House in the midst of the partial government shutdown, also said the United States will continue to go after al-Qaeda-linked groups in Africa. But this is not similar to going to wars, he said.
“Where you've got active plots and active networks, we are going to go after them,” Obama said, according to Reuters.
(With AFP and Reuters)