U.S. Refuses to Pay Survivors of 1998 Embassy Blast in Kenya

The U.S. has said that the survivors of the U.S. embassy blast in Kenya, in which 218 people lost their lives on August 7,1998 did receive compensation and that no further payment will be made to them. The U.S. also said that policies were put in place to combat terrorism in Kenya, writes Jerry Chifamba for AllAfrica.

In a commemorative event, a group of U.S. embassy terrorist attack survivors read out the names of those who lost their lives, in a sustained push for compensation, CapitalFM reports.

At least 213 Kenyans and 12 Americans were killed in the attack orchestrated by the Al Qaeda terrorist group targeting the U.S. embassy. More than 5,000 people were seriously injured in the bomb blast.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered remarks at the commemoration of the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Although the attacks were directed at U.S. facilities, the vast majority of casualties were local citizens of Kenya and Tanzania.

Nairobi skyline (file photo).

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