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Thursday, August 13, 1998 Published at 05:35 GMT 06:35 UK


World: Americas

Albright flies home with bomb victims

Madeleine Albright walks towards the Globemaster aircraft

US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is flying home with the bodies of 10 of the Americans killed in Friday's Nairobi embassy bomb.

She left Germany on a military plane which will be met by President Clinton at Andrew's airforce base near Washington for a public ceremony commemorating the dead.

Before take-off early on Thursday, a solemn private military ceremony was held at Ramstein airbase in south-west Germany, where the bodies were taken following the blast.


[ image: Coffins were draped in the American flag]
Coffins were draped in the American flag
After prayers were said the 10 coffins were draped with the American flag and loaded onto the US Air Force plane.

More than 250 people - most of them Africans - died in the attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

On Wednesday night Mrs Albright visited one American and 11 Kenyan survivors of the attack who are being treated at a US military hospital in Germany.

There, she stressed her government's determination to bring justice to the bombers.


BBC correspondent Caroline Wyatt: "A mission of pride and sorrow"
She said the US would not be "intimidated" by terrorism and would continue to play a major role in international affairs.

America would "not be pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, which is freedom and democracy and the fight against poverty and disease and terrorism", added Mrs Albright.

She described her visit to Germany as a mission of "pride and sorrow", adding: "This is a very hard trip. I'm bringing home very brave Americans."

In the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, efforts to find any more survivors have ended. A memorial service was held amid the rubble.

Meanwhile Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi has announced that a number of people have been detained in connection with the attack in Nairobi.

Several others have been arrested in connection with the explosion in Tanzania.



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