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Al Qaeda vows to avenge US raid

MOGADISHU, Sep 15 – Somalia’s extremist Islamist militia on Tuesday vowed to avenge the killing in a US military operation of one of Al Qaeda’s top regional leaders, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan.

"Muslims will retaliate against this unprovoked attack," a top leader of the Shebab, an extremist movement with suspected links to Al Qaeda, told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The United States is Islam’s known enemy and we will never expect mercy from them, nor should they expect mercy from us," he said.

According to US officials, Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Kenyan citizen wanted by the FBI as a mastermind of the deadly 2002 anti-Israeli attacks in Mombasa, was killed in a US military operation Monday in southern Somalia.

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