The New York Times announced Friday that Al-Qaeda ‘s second commander was secretly killed in Iran, accused the United States of masterminding the 1998 bombardments at its embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
According to the newspaper, two Israeli agents shot down in Tehran on a motorbike at the behest of the US, Abdullah Ahmed Abdulla, who was among the ten most wanted fugitives from the FBI.
Together with his daughter, Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden’s widow, al-Qaïd, number two, who was also named Abu Muhammad Al-Masri, was killed.
Since 2003, Abdullah is under Iranian “custody,” but has lived openly since 2015 in a suburb of Tehran.
In addition, even though Iran and Al-Qaeda are long-standing rivals, US anti-terrorist agents suspect Tehran might have allowed him to act against the US targets there.
However, Iran responded to the claim on Saturday by claiming that it was based on “made-up information” and rejected the presence in the country of any al-Qaeda members.
Speaker Saeed Khatibzadeh said in his statement that the US and Israel “try to shift the responsibility for the criminal acts of (al-Qaida) and other terrorist groups in the region and link Iran to such groups with lies and by leaking made-up information to the media,”
The US embassy bombings in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania took place almost simultaneously on 7 August 1998.
In the two truck bomb attacks, more than 200 people have been injured.
These bombings took the FBI onto the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list alongside Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden will continue to orchestrate attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 and was assassinated in a 2011 US raid in Pakistan.