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Agent: Suspect Calls Bombing a 'Blunder'

March 01, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A suspect in the deadly bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya told the FBI that it was a "big mistake" because the bomb was improperly placed in a truck, killing too many civilians, an FBI agent testified.

The agent, John Anticev, told a jury in federal court in Manhattan that Mohamed Sadeek Odeh said during an interrogation that he did not know about the Aug. 7, 1998, blast in Nairobi before it happened.

"He thought it was a blunder," Anticev recalled Odeh saying.

Prosecutors allege Odeh, 35, and his co-defendants followed alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden's orders to bomb that embassy and the one in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on the same day.

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