Video Shows Nabbing of Libyan Terrorist
A video posted on Monday purportedly shows American commandos capturing a Libyan Al-Qaeda operative in Tripoli in October of last year, yanking him out of his car before dawn, AFP reported.
The grainy black-and-white footage was posted by The Washington Post. It shows Anas al-Libi driving up in front of his walled house at 6:38 a.m. in the early morning darkness.
A white van trailing Libi's car stops alongside his vehicle and at least three men jump out with guns drawn. A second car blocks Libi's car from the front while a third car idles down the street.
The men quickly yank Libi, wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa, from his car.
He is then shoved into the van, according to the video, which was taken from a closed-circuit camera in the neighborhood, the Post wrote.
In less than two minutes, the team drives away with Libi and his car.
Men and later a woman emerge from Libi's house, looking confused as they gaze out at over an empty street.
Several weeks after he was captured, Libi pleaded not guilty in a New York court to conspiracy charges over the 1998 bombings which killed 244 people.
Prior to arriving in New York, he was interrogated on the USS San Antonio, a U.S. amphibious transport ship that had been operating off Libya in the Mediterranean.
Libya denounced the raid and demanded that Libi be returned to Libya to face trial there.
The Washington Post report from Monday said the Libyan government is paying for Libi's legal defense.
Pentagon and other U.S. administration officials declined to comment on the video, but issued no statement denying the clip's authenticity.