BALI, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that a pair of U.S. military raids against militants in north Africa sends the message that terrorists "can run but they can't hide."
In raids in Somalia and in Libya's capital, U.S. special forces on Saturday struck against Islamic extremists who have carried out terrorist attacks in East Africa. They captured a Libyan al-Qaeda leader allegedly involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies 15 years ago.
Kerry, in Bali for an economic summit, was the highest-level administration official to speak about the operations yet. He made his comments at an event at a port for Balinese tuna fishermen.
"We hope that this makes clear that the United States of America will never stop in the effort to hold those accountable who conduct acts of terror," Kerry said. "Members of al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations literally can run but they can't hide."
Kerry vowed the United States would "continue to try to bring people to justice in an appropriate way with hopes that ultimately these kinds of activities against everybody in the world will stop."
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