2 July 2013

Tanzania: Obama, Bush Honor Victims of 1998 Dar es Salaam Bombing

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On his last day in Tanzania, President Obama, joined by former President George W. Bush, honors the victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam. The attack killed 11 Africans and wounded 85 Americans and Africans.

President Obama and former President George W. Bush honored the victims of the 1998 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the memorial.

Both men bowed their heads for a moment of silence and greeted guests at the new U.S. Embassy compound, opened in 2003.

The August 7, 1998, attack on the U.S. Embassy was conducted by al-Qaida and was carried out in conjunction with the terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. The bombing in Dar es Salaam killed nine Tanzanians, one Kenyan and one Somali and wounded more than 85 Americans and Africans.

The memorial is inscribed with a quote from former President Bill Clinton, who said on August 13, 1998: "We must honor the memory of those we mourn by pressing the cause of freedom and justice for which they lived. It is the burden of our history and the bright hope of the world's future."

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