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FBI Seeks Comoros Bombing Suspect

September 3, 1998

MAYOTTE, Comoros (AP) _ Two dozen FBI agents searched two homes and sought a suspect on the Comoros islands in connection to the U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa last month, police said Thursday.

The homes in Mayotte belonged to the wife and parents of the suspect, said police on this Indian Ocean nation off the Tanzanian coast.

They identified the suspect as Abdallah Mohammed Fadhul, a Comorian Muslim who had lived with his wife in Sudan until shortly after the embassy bombings last month in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Fadhul had returned to the Comoros with his wife but left alone three days later. Police said Fadhul’s wife and his brother were being questioned.

During the five-hour searches Wednesday, authorities took away attache chases, clothing and combed the houses with devices for detecting traces of bomb-making materials, the police sources said on condition of anonymity.

They said the possible Comorian connection came to light when investigators found a Comorian phone number in Nairobi.

Transit links between the Comoros Islands and the east African coast are subject to light security, raising the possibility the routes may have been used to transport bomb-making ingredients. The islands are about 375 miles southeast of Dar es Salaam.

The nearly simultaneous bombings Aug. 7 killed 258 people, including 12 Americans. More than 5,500 people were injured.

Two suspects, who are believed linked to the terrorist organization headed by Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, have been brought to the United States for trial. Several others remain in custody in Kenya and also could face an American court.

U.S. cruise missiles on Aug. 20 struck at targets in Sudan and Afghanistan that Washington linked to the embassy bombings.

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