20 years after al Qaeda’s first big attack, Kenyans still bear scars

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Just after 10:30 on a sunny August morning in downtown Nairobi, 48-year-old Ali Mwadama was walking toward a bank opposite the U.S. embassy, a cheque in hand.

Ali Mwadama, a survivor of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing, looks for the names of his friends on the August 7th memorial in Nairobi
Ali Mwadama, a survivor of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing, looks for the names of his friends on the August 7th memorial in Nairobi, Kenya, August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

He was less than 50 meters (yards) from the embassy on Aug. 7, 1998 when a truck bomb detonated, transforming the normally bustling business district into a war zone.

It was Osama bin Laden’s announcement to the world that his al Qaeda was a global threat: a coordinated bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania.

Categories: Africa, The Muslim Times

2 replies

  1. This Kenyan attack was a stupid attack, supposed to target the US Embassy and ending up killing more innocent Kenyans. – On the other hand: The ‘planners’ of this stupid attack are supposed to be the same who managed 9/11? It does not make any sense. 9/11 was so sophisticated that it is unlikely to have been planned in the caves of Afghanistan. Better google ‘truth about 9/11’ etc.

    • Very true! It decimated more of my countrymen and women than the people it was trying to supposedly target.

      A totally brainless attack, in fact!

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