With the capture of Abu Anas al Libi over the weekend, the U.S. embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya; and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, are once again in the news.
Al Libi, an al Qaeda leader, was wanted for his alleged role in the deadly 1998 bombings of the two embassies in Africa.
Here are some fast facts about the attacks:
August 7, 1998
-- 224 people were killed in Kenya, including 12 Americans.
-- Approximately 4,650 more were wounded.
-- The bomb in Nairobi was delivered in a truck to the rear entrance of the embassy,
-- Exploded at about 10:35 a.m. local time.
-- Back of the five-story embassy was severely damaged and a building adjacent to the embassy was leveled.
DAR ES SALAAM ATTACK
-- A total of 10 people were killed in Tanzania, all Tanzanians employed by the embassy.
-- The bomb at the U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam went off at about 10:40 a.m. local time.
-- It severely damaged the southeastern corner of the three-story embassy building.
-- On August 20 the U.S. fired some 75 Tomahawk cruise missiles at facilities in Afghanistan and Sudan in response to terrorist activities.
-- U.S. President Clinton said the strikes were a response to an "imminent threat" to the U.S. posed by a terrorist network backed by Osama bin Laden.
-- Clinton said that the U.S. had "convincing information" that the network organized and financed by bin Laden had carried out the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
-- He also blamed bin Laden's followers for other previous attacks and plots.