Twenty-one years ago today, the near simultaneous vehicular bombings of the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania cost the lives of 224 people and wounded more than 4,500 others. Twelve American USG employees and family members, and 32 Kenyan and 8 Tanzanian USG employees, were among those killed.
According to the FBI, over 900 FBI agents alone—and many more FBI employees—traveled overseas to assist in the recovery of evidence and the identification of victims at the bomb sites and to track down the perpetrators in the aftermath of the attacks. Below via the FBI:
These attacks were soon directly linked to al Qaeda. To date, more than 20 people have been charged in connection with the bombings. Several of these individuals—including Usama bin Laden—have been killed. Six are serving life sentences in U.S. prison, and a few others are awaiting trial.
The KENBOM and TANBOM investigations—as the FBI calls them—represented at that time the largest deployment in Bureau history. They led to ramped up anti-terror efforts by the United States and by the FBI, including an expanded Bureau overseas presence that can quickly respond to acts of terrorism that involve Americans.
The investigation continues, with the following fugitives still wanted for their alleged roles in the attacks:
Today, we remember and honor all who died or were injured on August 7, 1998. We remember, too, their family, friends & colleagues. To everyone who suffered that day: you are in our hearts, minds, and prayers. we are united, Americans and Kenyans. pic.twitter.com/bFjfMPctlK
— U.S. Embassy Nairobi (@USEmbassyKenya) August 7, 2019
We remember & mourn those who were killed in the horrific 1998 bombings at @USEmbassyKenya & @USEmbTZ & we stand with all who were injured or affected. The terrorists did not & will not break US-Kenya security cooperation.” Under Secretary Hale @MemorialParkKe, Nairobi. pic.twitter.com/TGN1mdcF8n
— Tibor Nagy (@AsstSecStateAF) August 6, 2019
Remembering those who perished 21 yrs ago in Nairobi & Dar es salam when the embassies were bombed. The face of evil, terrorism, was revealed that day. For peace & freedom we stand strong & remain vigilant today. pic.twitter.com/nj4e71GKMW
— Ambassador Kyle McCarter (@USAmbKenya) August 7, 2019
#OTD 21 years ago: A Bomb attack by Al Qaeda was carried out at the US embassy in Nairobi, followed by another one in the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania. Over 224 people lost their lives with more then 4,500 being injured. #augustmemorial pic.twitter.com/jxBTChMnje
— nt.co.ke 💎 (@NtKenya) August 7, 2019
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