August 7 Terror Attack

It is now 20 years since the August 7 terror attack of the US Embassy in Kenya and Tanzania. Terrorists tried to drive into the US Embassies in both countries unsuccessfully, detonating bombs at the scenes and fleeing the areas.

The world trembled, people were shaken, properties and people were thrown in the air for a moment, glasses shattered and Kenya was never been the same again.

213 people were killed on that day in Nairobi and 11 people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Out of the 213 people killed in Kenya, 200 were Kenyan nationals and 13 were American nationals. More than 5000 people were wounded.

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Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorist group took responsibility for the attacks, claiming it was in retaliation of Kenya allowing Israeli jets to refuel in the country during operation Entebbe.

More than 20 people have since been indicted in the United States for the bombings. Eight are currently serving prison terms.

The terrorist group leader, Osama Bin Laden, was hung in 2011 by American troops in his hometown in Pakistan.

As Kenyans meet at Memorial park today to remember all the heroes and victims who perished on the fateful day, they share in the unity that helped to build Kenya back to its feet and console with those who lost their loved ones.

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People shared their messages on twitter under the hashtag, #Isurvived98.

The US Embassy in Nairobi posted a message on their twitter handle:

“As we remember the sadness of that day, we recall also the acts of heroism, compassion, and caring. So many people assisted the injured, comforted the victims or retrieved the bodies of those who had died.”

Here are some of the messages:

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