ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistani security forces have captured a high-level al Qaeda operative who was on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorist list in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa, Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat said Thursday.
Hayat said Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, who the FBI lists on its Web site as being born in Zanzibar, Tanzania, was captured in a raid in central Pakistan “a few days back.”
The FBI said on its Web site that the Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of “up to $25 million” for information that leads to Ghailani’s capture.
The embassy bombings, in August 1998, killed 213 people in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania.
The minister said officials wanted to be sure of Ghailani’s identity before making the capture public. He said Ghailani was being questioned.
The capture, said Hayat, shows “Pakistan is committed to fighting terrorism.”
“We have been quite successful … in apprehending key figures,” he added.