The top al Qaeda leader captured by American forces on Saturday will be tried in the United States.
Al Libi will likely stand trial in the southern district of New York, where he was indicted for his alleged involvement in the bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, in 1998.
Al Libi, 49, who was on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list, was captured in his native Libya Saturday by U.S. forces, according to the Pentagon.
"On Oct.5, the Department of Defense, acting under military authorities, conducted an operation to apprehend longtime Al Qaeda member Abu Anas al Libi in Libya," Pentagon spokesman George Little said.
It remains unclear when al Libi will appear before a federal court in the United States.
"He is currently lawfully detained under the law of war in a secure location outside of Libya," Little said in a statement.
"Wherever possible, our first priority is and always has been to apprehend terrorist suspects, and to preserve the opportunity to elicit valuable intelligence that can help us protect the American people," he added.
No American personnel or civilians on the ground were injured during the operation, Little said.
Currently, 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and four other co-conspirators are incarcerated at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay.
U.S. military prosecutors are making their case before a military tribunal against Mohammad and his co-defendants for their role in the 9/11 attacks.