January 24, 2001 |
A Saudi on trial in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa asked a judge in a closed hearing in New York to throw out his confession, arguing in court papers that American interrogators threatened to hang him "like a dog" if he did not cooperate. Federal prosecutors say Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali admitted hurling a stun grenade at a guard outside the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, just before a bomb exploded, killing more than 200 people.
July 13, 1999 |
Two Egyptian men suspected of conspiring with Osama bin Laden in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were given away by their fingerprints, a prosecutor said as the two made their first appearance in a London court. The fingerprints of Ibrahim Hussein Abdel Hadi Eidarous, 42, and Adel Mohammed Abdul Almagid Bary, 39, were found on originals of faxes that claimed responsibility for the bombings, the prosecution said.
August 8, 1998 |
The two African nations where U.S. embassies were bombed have had good relations with the United States and seemed unlikely places for terrorist attacks. Kenya and Tanzania find themselves caught up in an investigation to determine the source and motivation for the dual bombings Friday that killed scores of people and injured more than 1,700.
September 8, 1998 |
Africans have been dying this summer on the battlefields of Congo. They have been dying at the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province and in simmering conflicts in Angola, Burundi, Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. It took South African President Nelson Mandela, the continent's premier statesman, two weeks just to get Africa's leaders to sit at the same table to talk peace in Congo.
August 29, 1998 |
A second suspect in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya has admitted he belonged to a terrorist organization headed by exiled Saudi extremist Osama bin Laden, according to an FBI complaint unsealed Friday, and has accepted responsibility for the loss of life in the blast. Mohammed Saddiq Odeh denied that he was directly involved in the Aug. 7 explosion and in the almost simultaneous bombing of the American Embassy in Tanzania.
August 7, 1999 |
It's a miracle that Lucky Wavai was ever born. His mother, seven months pregnant, was seriously injured in last year's bombing of the U.S. Embassy here when chunks of glass were blasted into her stomach. She wanted to terminate the pregnancy because she feared that her baby was already dead. Today, Lucky's right limbs remain slightly paralyzed. Doctors fear possible brain damage. And loud noises terrify him.
September 15, 1998 |
Members of this nation's Islamic community accused the United States on Monday of pressuring Kenyan authorities to clamp down on Muslim organizations, which they say are wrongly suspected of possible involvement in last month's bombing of the U.S. Embassy here. The outcry by Muslim leaders follows last week's decision by the government to ban 16 primarily Muslim organizations for security reasons and for allegedly overstepping their permitted activities.
August 15, 1998 |
Snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro stands sentinel over the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, where lions roar, elephants thunder and buffalo slip sloppily and gratefully into water holes. For tourists and adventurers, there's no place like it. But in the wake of the Aug. 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, safari operators have been inundated with a wave of what one called "panic cancellations," almost all of them from Americans.
August 12, 1998 |
A growing anti-American sentiment in the Kenyan press has begun to worry U.S. officials, who say they will take steps to counter it. Daily newspapers here have begun to accuse Americans of rejecting the help of Kenyan volunteers and attending to their own wounded at the expense of Kenyans after last week's devastating bomb blast at the U.S. Embassy. Local media have also lambasted Washington for issuing an advisory urging U.S. citizens to stay away from this East African nation.
August 30, 1998 |
Every day, two gigantic buses lurch and bounce over hundreds of miles on a bone-jarring dirt road before making a brief, dusty stop in Witu. To the people of this predominantly African Muslim village, these rugged buses are vital links to the outside world, so they happily throw out the welcome mat. But last week, the outside world tromped on that welcome mat, as FBI agents and Kenyan police armed with automatic weapons roared into the village looking for clues to solve the Aug.