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NY Times: Suspected Libyan Al Qaeda Militant Being Interrogated on U.S. Ship

...a "legal and appropriate target"

This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. Gunmen in a three-car convoy seized Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade outside his house Saturday in the Libyan capital, his relatives said. Credit: AP

This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. (Credit: AP)

The suspected Libyan Al Qaeda leader captured by U.S. special forces Saturday is being interrogated while in military custody on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea, officials tell the New York Times.

Anas al-Libi, who's wanted by the FBI for his role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in East Africa, is expected to be sent to New York for criminal prosecution, the Times notes.

Al-Libi could be an intelligence gold mine, the Times adds, with perhaps two decades of information about Al Qaeda that may go all the way back to its early days under Osama bin Laden.

Meanwhile U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is defending the capture of al-Libi, saying complaints from the Libyan government that the operation was a kidnapping are unfounded.

Kerry, who is in Indonesia, said the weekend seizure in Tripoli complied with U.S. law. He said the suspect was a "legal and appropriate target" for the U.S. military and will face justice in a court of law. Kerry added it was important not to "sympathize" with wanted terrorists.

You can read the entire Times article here.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

(H/T: New York Times)

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