Obama Marks 1998 Africa Embassy Bombings
August 7, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — President Obama Sunday marked the 1998 bombings of two U.S. Embassies in Africa by calling this year’s death of the reputed mastermind as a blow against terror.
The blasts killed 218 people in Kenya and 11 more in Tanzania and were an early clash between the United States and al-Qaida.
Obama said the death of terrorist Harun Fazul in June was “an important blow” against al-Qaida.
“The remembrance of these tragic attacks spurs us to continue to work closely with our allies in East Africa and around the world to bring terrorists to justice and to redouble our efforts to prevent these attacks in the future,” Obama said in a statement.
The statement said the attacks in Africa showed al-Qaida was willing to attack people, including children, without consideration of ethnicity, religion or nationality.