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How Forensic DNA helped track terrorists in East Africa

“Forensic DNA analysis plays a critical role in tracking down criminals,” Dr. John Kimani Mungai, a Forensic Scientist at the Kenyan Government Chemists Department said as he briefed African Society of Forensic Medicine (ASFM) summit on how this technology aided in tracking down East African Al-Qaida terrorists.

Themed “Harmonization of Evidence-Based Forensic Science Practice in Africa- A Holistic Approach Towards a Safer Continent,” the summit started in Kigali City, on March 7 and will run through March 10.

According to forensic scientists, using the DNA and picture analysis, investigators were able to trace and know Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, chief of al Qaeda in East Africa and mastermind of the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He was killed in Somalia in June 2011, just a month after the death of his boss−Osama bin Laden.

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