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Libya Seeks Clarification On U.S. Raid


Libya says it has asked U.S. authorities to explain a military raid in Tripoli to capture a Libyan man wanted for bombing U.S. embassies in Africa 15 years ago.

In a statement, the Libyan government underlined its "desire to see Libyan citizens tried in their own country, whatever the accusations leveled against them." The government also expressed hope that the incident would not damage its "strategic partnership" with the United States.

The statement on October 6 came a day after U.S. commandos captured suspected Al-Qaeda leader Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, who is accused of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.

In a separate raid in Somalia, U.S. forces apparently targeted a leader of the Al-Shabab militant group, but that mission appears to have failed.

Based on reports by AP and Reuters
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