Al-Qaida suspect dies days before terror trial

By Amy R. Connolly  |  Jan. 3, 2015 at 8:42 AM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A suspected al-Qaida operative accused in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa died Saturday, days before he was scheduled to go on trial, authorities said.

Abu Anas al Libi, 50, once one of the FBI's most wanted, died of complications from liver surgery in a New York hospital.

Authorities said al Libi, whose real name is Nazih al-Ruqaii, played a key role in the 1998 bombings in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 244 people, including 12 Americans. He was captured in October 2013 in Libya.

Al Libi, a computer expert, and Saudi businessman Khalid al-Fawwaz were scheduled to stand trial on January 12 in connection to the bombing. Both pleaded not guilty. A third suspect, Adel Abdel Bary, pleaded guilty in September for his role in the attacks.

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