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Hillary Clinton: Fazul Abdullah Mohammed Killing 'A Just End'

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first U.S. official to publicly confirm the death of the al-Qaida operative behind the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

A Somali minister earlier Saturday said officials in that country have determined that a man killed by security forces on Tuesday was Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.

Now Clinton says in a statement while in Tanzania that his death is a "significant blow to al-Qaida, its extremist allies and its operations in East Africa."

She says it's "a just end for a terrorist who brought so much death and pain to so many innocents" from the embassy bombings.

The blasts killed 224 people. Most were Kenyans. Twelve Americans also died.

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