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Fast facts: The embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

By CNN Library
updated 3:18 AM EDT, Sun October 6, 2013

Editor's note: This is one in a series of Fast Facts offered from the CNN Library giving a more in-depth look at a person or topic in the news.

(CNN) -- With the capture of Abu Anas al Libi over the weekend, the U.S. embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, are once again in the news.

Al Libi, an al Qaeda leader, was wanted for his alleged role in the deadly 1998 bombings of the two embassies in Africa.

Here are some fast facts about the attacks:

DATE

August 7, 1998

NAIROBI ATTACK

-- 224 people were killed in Kenya, including 12 Americans.

-- Approximately 4,650 more were wounded.

-- The bomb in Nairobi was delivered in a truck to the rear entrance of the embassy,

-- Exploded at about 10:35 a.m. local time.

-- Back of the five-story embassy was severely damaged and a building adjacent to the embassy was leveled.

DAR ES SALAAM ATTACK

-- A total of 10 people were killed in Tanzania, all Tanzanians employed by the embassy.

-- The bomb at the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam went off at about 10:40 a.m. local time.

-- It severely damaged the southeastern corner of the three-story embassy building.

U.S. RESPONSE

-- On August 20 the U.S. fired some 75 Tomahawk cruise missiles at facilities in Afghanistan and Sudan in response to terrorist activities.

-- U.S. President Clinton said the strikes were a response to an "imminent threat" to the U.S. posed by a terrorist network backed by Osama bin Laden.

-- Clinton said that the U.S. had "convincing information" that the network organized and financed by bin Laden had carried out the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

-- He also blamed bin Laden's followers for other previous attacks and plots.

INDICTMENTS

-- On November 4, 1998, a federal grand jury in New York City issued a 238-count indictment against Osama bin Laden, charging him in the August bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

-- Twenty other al Qaeda members were also named in the indictment

-- Bin Laden allegedly had planned and financed the attacks, which were then carried out by his followers.

-- The State Department announced rewards of $5 million each for information leading to the arrest or conviction of bin Laden and five other suspects, the largest sum of money the U.S. had ever offered for the capture of a terrorist.

-- Bin Laden was also placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. He was killed in a U.S. in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

-- Abu Anas al Libi, one of the indicted, was captured on October 5, 2013, in Tripoli, Libya

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