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Saturday, October 9, 1999 Published at 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK


World: Africa

US embassy bombing suspect in court

The US embassy in Nairobi after the August 1998 bomb attack

A Tanzanian has pleaded not guilty in a New York court to charges relating to the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998.

The man, identified as Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, had earlier been arrested in Cape Town in a joint operation by South African police and investigators from the American FBI.

He was detained at Cape Town airport in the early hours of Thursday morning and put on a plane to the US.

Indictment

An indictment in the case alleges that Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, 24, rented a house in Tanzania that was used as a bomb-making factory.

The US authorities have already indicted 17 people in connection with the bombings.

Eight are in custody, but the rest remain fugitives, including the Saudi radical, Osama bin Laden, who is accused of masterminding the attacks.

A $5m reward has been offered for his capture.

The almost simultaneous bombings of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on 7 August 1998 killed at least 224 people, including 12 Americans.



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