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Kerry Defends U.S. Capture Of Terror Suspect In Libya


U.S. authorities' notice seeking the capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known as Anas al-Libi, and offering a bounty of up to $5 million

U.S. authorities' notice seeking the capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known as Anas al-Libi, and offering a bounty of up to $5 million

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has defended the capture by U.S. forces of a terrorism suspect in Libya.

Speaking on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific economic conference in Indonesia on October 7, Kerry said complaints from the Libyan government that the operation was a kidnapping are unfounded.

Kerry said the weekend seizure in Tripoli of suspected Al-Qaeda operative Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Libi, complied with U.S. law.

He said the suspect was a "legal and appropriate target" for the U.S. military and will face justice in a court of law.

Kerry added it was important not to "sympathize" with wanted terrorists.

The suspect is accused of involvement in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 224 people.

Libi's capture, in an early-morning operation, ends a 15-year manhunt that included a $5 million bounty.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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