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Monday, 7 August, 2000, 11:11 GMT 12:11 UK
Kenyans mourn bomb victims
Scene after Nairobi bombing
The bomb wrecked the Co-operative Bank next to the embassy
Several hundred people have laid wreaths in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, at the site of the United States embassy bombing two years ago.

The bomb blast killed 213 people and destroyed the embassy building in the centre of Nairobi, as well as a neighbouring office block.

A choir sang hymns at the site where the US embassy was. Workmen are now busy there completing a memorial garden to the victims of the bomb blast.

Eleven people were also killed in a nearly simultaneous bomb attack on the US embassy in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam.

Laying wreaths in Nairobi
The memories are still strong for Kenyans
A new US embassy building is to be built on the outskirts of town. The US has also provided about $3m to help replace the office block

The US has given more than $40m since the bombing, but many Kenyans believe they should do more

Memories strong

Two years on, the memories of what happened on 7 August 1998 are still strong. Most of the victims were Kenyan, 12 were American and about 5,000 people were injured.

Hedwig Kibukoysa, a lawyer, was among those injured. Her office was close to the embassy.

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"I couldn't help but have those memories because I go to this office which is so close to the embassy, and every time you look at it and all this activity going on, it all comes back. But it hasn't affected me psychologically. I'm a strong person," she said.

Hedwig Kibukoysa and up to 3,000 other Kenyans are trying to sue the US Government for damages.

But the US is to fight the action. Washington alleges that the Saudi exile, Osama bin Laden, was behind both the Nairobi bombing and the blast at the US embassy in Dar Es Salaam.

Osama bin Laden and 16 other men have been indicted by a district court in Manhattan.

Also on diplay at the site of the blast is a large painting depicting Nairobi, bleeding victims and Osama bin Laden.

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