TODAY   |  October 06, 2013

Al Qaeda official seized in dramatic Libya raid

Heavily armed commandos grabbed Anas al Libi, a close confidant of Osama Bin Laden and the alleged mastermind of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, off the streets of Tripoli, Libya, this weekend. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>> a lot of news to get to. two u.s. military operations overseas against terror targets.

>> yeah, u.s. operations forces have libyan al qaeda leader anas al- libi in detention this morning. he's in a secure location outside libya. lib libya's libi is believed to be the bombings in tanzania i can't and kenya .

>> al shabaab is the group that took responsibility for last month's kenya mall attack.

>> to get the latest on our top story, jim miklaszewski is at the pentagon for us. what can you tell thus morning?

>> reporter: for the u.s., the capture of anas al- libi is a huge get, and the operation was something right out of a tom clancy novel. heavily armed u.s. commandos warred up in three suv's and grabbed him off the streets of tripoli. anas al- libi was a close confident of osama bin laden and the alleged mastermind of the 1998 bombings of the u.s. embassies in kenya and tanzania. he had been under indictment for nose bombings for over five years and the u.s. has a $5 million reward on his head. overnight, secretary of state john kerry said his capture should serve as a warning to terrorists worldwide.

>> we hope that this makes clear that the united states of america will never stop in its effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror, and those members of al qaeda and other terrorist organizations literally can run but they can't hide.

>> reporter: once an as is grilled, he will be brought to the u.s. to stand trial for the embassy bombings.

>> jim miklaszewski in washington for us. thanks.

>>> the second attack yesterday was in somalia. u.s. forces looking for the al shabaab -- my apologies. can you fill us in on what happened in that operation?

>> reporter: erica, far less certainty in this operation. it was a predawn raid in which u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s hit the beach in southern somalia, launched an intensive attack against a compound of the al shabaab militant organization. al shabaab is the islamist group that carried out that horrific, bloody terrorist attack against a west gate mall in nairobi, kenya , two weeks ago, killing 67 innocent civilians. the problem here, however, is sources tell nbc news, that raid failed to take out al shabaab 's top commander, ahmed godan, and so far, u.s. officials have not identified any of the militants who may have been killed. so it appears in their ongoing bomb battle damage assessment that all these details are going to have to be worked out. but it does appear they fell far short of their goal.

>> all right, mik, thanks again.