Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, an al-Qaida leader in North Africa accused of being a mastermind behind the 1998 embassy bombings, was killed earlier this week in Somalia, police told Reuters, which was later confirmed by the U.S.
Mohammed was shot at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu during an exchange of gunfire with authorities, officials said. He was found to have fake documentation.
Mohammed has been on the U.S.' most wanted terrorists list since 2001, and a $5 million reward was offered for information related to his capture.
On August 7, 1998, 240 people were killed when bombs exploded at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.