Wednesday, August 19, 1998 Published at 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
FBI raids Kenya hotel
FBI agents carry boxes of evidence from Nairobi's Hilltop Hotel
American FBI agents, acting with Kenyan police, have raided a hotel in Nairobi as part of the inquiry into the bomb attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania earlier this month.
The statement came after a Kenyan newspaper, the Daily Nation, said the FBI agents were led to the hotel by a leading Palestinian suspect, Mohammed Saddiq Howaida, who was deported from Pakistan last week.
The newspaper quoted a source as saying: "The two rooms were inspected for forensic evidence but it appeared that the bombers had swept clean any particles of the material used to make the bomb."
"On August 7, one of the four men who were in that hotel accompanied two other suicide bombers to the American embassy to launch the attack.
"We are sure that the three died in the blast," the Nation's unnamed source was quoted as saying.
Also on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Howaida had given details of a global paramilitary network aimed at US interests abroad and orchestrated by bin Laden who is thought to be based in Afghanistan.
He is reported to have told officials about other planned attacks against American interests abroad using an international network of 4,000 to 5,000 militants controlled by bin Laden.
There has been no official comment on the reports from either the Kenyan or US authorities.
Meanwhile the American Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, who has been in Nairobi to pay respects to the victims, has pledged to seek emergency funding for Kenya.