August 7 marks the eleventh anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Hundreds were killed and thousands injured in the bombings linked to al Qaeda.
In a White House statement, President Obama said, “These attacks in East Africa are sad examples of al Qaeda’s determination to kill innocent men, women and children in many countries, regardless of their religion, race, or nationality. The memory of the attacks in Kenya and Tanzania remind us that we must always be vigilant in working with our allies to bring these terrorists to justice; to prevent these types of attacks from happening again; and to advance peace and security for Americans, Kenyans, Tanzanians, and people around the world.”
Secretary Clinton, currently traveling through Africa, spoke at a memorial for these victims. For more, see “Clinton Pays Tribute at Embassy Bombing Memorial.”
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Obama marks anniversary of Kenya, Tanzania embassy bombings
August 08, 2009