BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Americas
Front Page 
Middle East 
South Asia 
From Our Own Correspondent 
Letter From America 
UK Politics 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Thursday, 21 December, 2000, 13:09 GMT
New embassy bomb suspects charged
Rescuers struggle to carry an injured man from the Nairobi embassy
More than 200 died and thousands were injured in the attacks
A federal grand jury in the United States has indicted five more men accused of involvement in the 1998 bombings of its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in which 223 people died.

Prosecutors say the men, none of whom have been detained, were part of the al-Queda organisation run by Saudi-born Islamic militant, Osama bin Laden.

Poster of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan
Osama bin Laden has many Muslim admirers
One of them, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, could be sentenced to death for allegedly playing a direct part in the bombing of the embassy in Nairobi.

The total number of defendants in the case has risen to 21.

The State Department has promised a reward of $5m for information leading to the conviction of the five newest additions to the list.

The first trial, of four men already in custody, is due to begin on 3 January.

USS Cole bomber 'identified'

On the initiative of the US and Russia, the United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on Afghanistan on Tuesday for failing to extradite Mr bin Laden, America's most wanted man.

The USS Cole
The bomb attack nearly sank the USS Cole
US officials believe Mr bin Laden instigated the suicide bomb attack in October against a US warship, the USS Cole in Yemen.

He has also been linked to the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing in New York.

US and Yemeni authorities also said on Wednesday they had confirmed the identity of one of the men involved in the suicide attack against the USS Cole.

He was named as Saeed Awad Al-Khamri, a Yemeni national. According to some reports he comes from a province of eastern Yemen where Osama bin Laden's ancestors also hail from.

US alert

Earlier this month, six people were charged with complicity in the bomb attack on the Cole.

Yemen map
The six - all from the Yemeni city of Lahij - are expected to appear in court in January.

However, Yemeni officials have cast doubt on the involvement of Mr bin Laden.

The United States is on alert for possible terrorist attacks in the Middle East and Mediterranean for the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

An aircraft carrier, the USS Truman, has been ordered to cancel a port call in Naples and go to Greece instead.

Guam threat

The French news agency AFP reports that the US territory of Guam, in the Pacific, is also on alert after authorities received an e-mail, purporting to come from representatives of Mr bin Laden, threatening a chemical attack on its international airport.

The e-mail said the attack would take place on Christmas Eve, unless the US agreed "not to harm Afghan people and its allies any more".

Governor Carl Gutierrez said the message was "disturbing" and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
See also:

20 Dec 00 | South Asia
Angry Taleban call off peace talks
20 Dec 00 | South Asia
Who is Osama bin Laden?
04 Dec 00 | Middle East
Yemen 'charges' USS Cole suspects
12 Oct 00 | Middle East
Blast holes US warship
26 Aug 98 | World
The trail of evidence
26 Sep 98 | Americas
US charges Bin Laden 'associate'
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Americas stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Americas stories