June 21, 2024

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken presided over a memorial service Monday for the victims of the assaults on the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya on August 7, 1998.

“On that day, as everybody on this room is aware of very effectively, 224 colleagues, pals, neighborhood members and family members had been cruelly taken from us, from you. Hundreds of individuals had been injured, left […] with each seen and invisible wounds, lots of which can final a lifetime. Our establishment was scarred and our nation wakened once more to the scourge of terror,” Blinken mentioned after the opening ceremony on the Nationwide Museum of American Diplomacy in Washington, DC.

That day a truck-bomb directed by Al Qaeda exploded close to the US embassy in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, which introduced the dying of 218 employees and residents of the lgar, in addition to greater than 4,000 accidents.

“Their lives and their recollections type the aim of the memorial’s mission [construido anos despues], a spot the place evil befell, however nothing extra. The aim of the mission, due to those that died, is to be an emblem of hope, peace and reconciliation,” mentioned then-US Ambassador to Kenya Prudence Bushnell.

The very fact led to the then chief of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden being included by the FBI within the checklist of the Ten Most Wished within the World. Bin Laden could be accountable years later for the terrorist assaults on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001.

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