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Visiting the Bomb Blast at the Former U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya

In 1998 terrorists struck the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania simultaneously. Where there once stood the embassy in Nairobi, there’s now a park and memorial for those who were casualties of the attack.

Kenya Bomb Blast

My mother-in-law reading the names of the victims of the bomb blasts, in which one was her good friend.

The 1998 United States embassy bombings were a series of attacks that occurred on August 7, 1998, in which hundreds of people were killed in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States embassies in the East African capitals of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The date of the bombings marked the eighth anniversary of the arrival of American forces in Saudi Arabia. The attacks were linked to local members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, brought Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to the attention of the American public for the first time, and resulted in the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The FBI also connected the attack to Azerbaijan as 60 calls via satellite phone were placed by Bin Laden to associates in Baku regarding the strike. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed would be credited for being the mastermind behind the bombings.

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