One the FBI's most wanted terrorist, Abu Anas al-Liby, wanted for his role in the deadly bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 arrived in New York over the weekend, according to the U.S. District Attorney's office on Monday.
U.S. District Attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara said Anas al-Liby was tranferred to U.S. custody over the weekend.
On Tuesday, Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan said Libyan citizens accused of crimes should be tried at home, but the U.S. Commando raid that captured Abu Anas al-Liby, would not harm ties with the United States government.
"Our relationship with the USA is important, and we care about that, but we care too about our citizens, which is our duty," Zeidan told reporters after a meeting with the Moroccan government in Rabat."
Family members of Al-Liby, including his brother Nabih, said he witnessed three vehicles surround his brother, before smashing his car window and seizing his gun and grabbing Anas al-Liby on Saturday, October 5, as he returned from dawn prayers. Al-Liby's wife said during an interview that those involved in her husband's apprehension spoke with Libyan accents and appeared to be locals.
Outraged members of Islamic extremist groups, including the Revolutionaries of Benganzi took to Facebook and other social media forums to call for revenge for what they call the "kidnapping" of an Al-Qaeda member in Tripoli.
On Thursday, Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, was kidnapped from his hotel room by more than one hundred members of his own security force in retaliation for al-Liby's arrest.
On the group's Facebook page, the Libyan Revolutionary Operations Chamber said it had seized the prime minister "on the prosecutor's orders," adding that Zeidan "was arrested under the Libyan penal code... on the instructions of the public prosecutor".
During a press conference after Zeidan was released, the Prime Minister praised the armed groups that rescued him from the "armed militiamen," and called for calm in the increasingly lawless country.
The United States Departmemt of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice's counterterrorism strategy following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, has emphasized tracking down terrorists that target U.S. interests and American citizens worldwide and prosecute them in United States courts, in order to send a message to other terrorist organizations.