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Kenyans mark fifth anniversary of devastating US embassy bombing

Survivors and family members of the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Kenya prayed and lit candles as they commemorated the al-Qaeda attack five years ago that killed 213 people. People laid wreaths at the granite monument that bears the names of all the victims, nearly all of them Kenyans, in the garden where the embassy once stood. Some were overcome by emotion and cried. “I feel sad when I remember the days we spent together,” said Lydia Atieno, who lost her best friend when she was passing by the embassy as the massive car bomb went off, destroying the four-storey building. The attack, as well as the near-simultaneous one on the US embassy in Tanzania, was claimed by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network, and was the deadliest prior to the September 11 strikes on New York and Washington. Full Story

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