TODAY   |  October 07, 2013

US forces capture a top al Qaeda leader

Navy SEALs attacked a hideout belonging to terrorist group al Shabaab in Somalia over the weekend, while in a simultaneous attack, U.S. special forces captured Anas al Libi, a top al Qaeda leader. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>> u.s. raids and what we know about the suspect in custody. richard engle is here in new york with the latest on that. good to see you.

>> good to see you. u.s. special forces had a busy weekend. two high profile operations. they're conducted in secret but once you do them everybody knows. in one of the operations they managed to capture one of the united states most wanted terror suspects.

>> reporter: retribution. they took over a shopping mall in the kenya capitol and killed more than 60 hostages. on saturday, the navy s.e.a.l.s paid the group a visit attacking one of the hide outs on the somali coast. a haven for terrorists and pirates. there was a heavy gun fight. they called in helicopters for extra power and then with drew. they killed at least two militants but missed their target, the leader of al shabaab . but in a simultaneous operation also in africa, u.s. special operation forces did get their man, app touring abu annas al abu annas al libi indicted for the bombings in kenya and tanzania.

>> they can literally run but they can't hide.

>> u.s. commandos approached al libi in a car in libya. they smashed the windows. he reached for a gun but was overpowered in a rare snatch and grab operation.

>> it's vital for the u.s. to take down individuals that have deep and long standing ties to al qaeda . especially those located in places like libya.

>> he's one of the founding members of al qaeda . a deputy of the late osama bin laden . there was a $50 million boun fty for his capture. u.s. terror operations have not stopped.

>> he is on the u.s.s. san antonio . where is he headed and what are they going to do to get information?

>> he is on the warship and he is now being interrogated by the cia, u.s. military , fbi without miranda rights because they want the most immediate information. after interrogation he could end up on trial in the united states .

>> richard engle, good to have