Category:East African Embassies Bombing

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East African Embassies Bombing

Nairobi cell Al-Qa’ida gateway to operations in Somalia. Members blended into Kenyan society opening legitimate businesses that sold fish and dealt in diamonds, and operated an Islamic charity, but then used in the East African embassies bombing, founded c. 1993.

  1. Nairobi reconnaissance Al-Qa’ida operative Ali Muhammad was sent to Nairobi to look over possible American, British, French and Israeli targets including the American embassy, late-1993.

Note When bin Laden looked at photographs of the American embassy in Nairobi, he pointed out where a truck could go as a suicide bomb.

  1. Asma Ltd Import-export business set up by Khalid al-Fauauz in Nairobi.

East African embassies bombing Detonation of bombs outside the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, 7 August 1998.

  1. Nairobi bomb (Kenya bombing) Explosion of 500-pound truck bomb outside US embassy, Nairobi, Kenya killing 247 and wounding hundreds more, 7 August 1998.
    1. Kenya cell (Bin Laden team) Group of terrorists who made and planted the Nairobi bomb, orchestrated from Moroni, Coromos islands by Abdullah Mohammed Fazul.
    2. Abdullah Mohammed Fazul (alias, Haroun Fazil), Shared a house with Wadih el Hage in Kenya, Fazul is an explosive’s expert, who flew to Dubai and disappeared 22 August 1998.
    3. Muhammad Sadik Howaida Palestinian arrested at Karachi airport having landed from a flight from Nairobi, admitted to being one of a 7-member team of terrorists recruited and financed by Osama bin Laden for the Nairobi bomb.
  2. Dar es Salaam bomb Explosion virtually simultaneous with the Nairobi bomb outside the US embassy, Dar es Salaam, killing 10 people and wounding many more, 7 August 1998.

Embassy bombing trial Four men accused in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa trial opened New York 5 February 2001.

(terrorists tried - alphabetical listing)

Khalfan Khamis Mohamed (known sometimes as, “KK”) From Tanzania (b. c. 1972), having been trained in Afghanistan, he admitted to grinding TNT, loading it on board a truck, that he knew he was helping to assemble and deliver a bomb “on orders from higher-ups” but not knowing it was to be used to blow up the US embassy in Tanzania. Mohamed was arrested in Cape Town, South Africa, in October 1999. He allegedly rented a house in his native Tanzania that was used as a bomb factory. Mohamed photographed the embassy after the bombing and gave a long statement to investigators. His views were simple, that America is a superpower with the ability to change the world and only bombings will make America listen to them. Sentenced to life imprisonment in New York. 18 October 2001.

Mohamed Sadeek Odeh From Jordan (b. 1966) fought in Afghanistan with Mahmud Abouhalima, returned to New York, late-1988. Joined al-Qa’ida in 1992 and moved to Mombasa, Kenya, 1994. Arrested days after the bombing in Nairobi as he tried to enter Pakistan, Odeh allegedly told investigators that he went to Kenya five days before the bombings and met an explosives expert who led the Kenyan terrorism cell. Prosecutors alleged that he stayed with other members of the group at the Hilltop Hotel in Kenya, before traveling on 5 August 1998 to meet bin Laden. They said he told them all the bomb plotters, except one, left Kenya the day before the attack, shaving their beards so they would not attract the suspicions of customs officials. Sentenced to life imprisonment in New York. 18 October 2001.

Muhammed Rashed Daoud al-‘Owhali (b. 1977) Born in England of Saudi Arabian parents and after two years in a religious university in Riyadh he went to Afghanistan where he met Osama bin Laden who advised him to get more training in terrorism. Again, he met with Osama bin Laden who told him, “Your mission will come in time.” It did, for he rode in the truck full of explosives to the American embassy in Nairobi, arrested five days after the bombing in a Nairobi hospital and flown to New York, September 1998. He initially denied a role in the bombing but eventually changed his story, saying he rode in the bomb vehicle and tossed a stun grenade at guards. He allegedly later discarded two keys to the padlock of the vehicle at a hospital. Sentenced to life imprisonment in New York. 18 October 2001.

Wadih el-Hage (b. 1961-) Lebanese-born Catholic American citizen of Arlington, Texas, who enrolled in the University of Southwestern Louisiana, then converted to Islam. Allegedly personal secretary to Osama bin Laden then moved to Sudan in 1994 with wife and 7 children to work as the director of Africa Help. El-Hage then moved to Kenya where he shared a house with Haroun Fazil and helped bin Laden set up some front companies. Back in the US, Hage was accused of supplying firearms to El Sayyid A. Nosair, who was convicted on Federal charges in the death of Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990 and convicted in the 1995 conspiracy to blow up the United Nations and other New York City landmarks. Wadih el-Hage was in contact with those convicted in the World Trade Center bombing. El-Hage moved back to Texas where he managed a tire store in 1997 and was arrested 23 September 1998. At the Embassy bombing trial he claimed he’s a college freshman living in the 1970s and can’t remember his wife and children. Sentenced to life imprisonment in New York. 18 October 2001.

(terrorists still free)

Ahmed Mohammed Hamed Ali Egyptian, fled to Karachi just before the bombing, free in Afghanistan.

Fazul Adbullah Mohammed Comoros Islander directed the Kenyan embassy bombing and headed the Kenyan al-Qa’ida cell. Still free.

Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah Egyptian, still free in Afghanistan.

Mustafa Mohamed Fadhi Egyptian al-Qa’ida operative who rented the house for making the bomb in the Tanzanian bombing. Still free.

Sheik Ahmed Salin Swedan Kenyan, al-Qa’ida operative who bought the truck in the Tanzanian bombing with Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. Still free.

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