Iran denies al Qaeda commander was killed within its borders

Iran denies al Qaeda commander was killed within its borders


Iran Saturday denied reports that an al Qaeda commander who masterminded the 1998 US embassy bombings was gunned down within its borders.

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was allegedly killed on Aug. 7 by Israeli operatives working on behalf of the United States, according to reports.

Iran has claimed that no al Qaeda “terrorists” were living in its country.

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“From time to time, Washington and Tel Aviv try to tie Iran to such groups by lying and leaking false information to the media in order to avoid responsibility for the criminal activities of this group and other terrorist groups in the region,” Iran’s foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday.

The nearly simultaneous 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania orchestrated by al-Masri killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and injured more than 4,500.

Al-Masri and his daughter were reportedly shot dead on the 22nd anniversary of the Africa attacks — in an upscale neighborhood by

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