approximately 10:40 a.m. on August 7, 1998, a bomb exploded
near the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. The bomb
killed 212 people, including twelve Americans and thirty-one
Foreign Service Nationals employed at the Embassy. An estimated
5,000 people were wounded in the terrorist attack. Many of
these people were in nearby buildings or in the adjacent area
outside. The Embassy, which was located in the congested downtown
area, was extensively damaged, as the blast ripped through
each floor and gutted the building. The entire Embassy compound,
as well as the surrounding buildings in the crowded downtown
location, suffered severe damage.
FBI immediately went to East Africa to assist in the search,
rescue, and investigative efforts. The exhaustive investigation
of the crime scenes, in cooperation with the host countries,
included over 1,000 interviews. This investigation was the
largest overseas deployment of personnel in FBI history. The
FBI named the investigation in Kenya "Kenbom," combining
the words "Kenya" and "bombing."
of the U.S. Embassy building in Nairobi, Kenya
vehicles located near the U.S. Embassy.
view of bomb damage which blew out the windows in the Cooperative
Bank House, demolished the Ufundi Cooperative Building, and
gutted the U.S. Embassy.
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