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Observing a moment of silence at the 20th anniversary of the August 7 '98 bombings.
"Al Qaeda had three main goals
1. To kill and destroy
2. To divide us
3. To undermine the values we hold dear.
...Although we have suffered, we are not beaten."


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#HistoryKeThread At around the time of this thread, at 1030HRS twenty years ago, on 7th August 1998, guards at the rear entrance of the United States of America embassy building in downtown Nairobi waved down a truck for routine inspection. It was halted as its occupants...
...tried to force their way into the rear entrance of the embassy building, situated at the busy junction of Nairobi’s Haile Selassie and Moi Avenues.

A brief argument ensued between embassy guards and the truck’s “arab-looking men”, who insisted they had a package to deliver...
...and needed to access the basement of the building.

Amidst the argument, a small blast went off.
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The only aerial photo of the August 7th 1998 blast taken in real time by a construction worker at Times Towers.

August 7th was the end of a normal week in KE. Bankers' strike (hence reduced casualties at Coop), teachers' strike, petty politics...a time like now, just an hour to the blast, this is the headline you would have been reading.
The @USEmbassyKenya as it stood before August 7th 1998. The new one in Gigiri was opened in 2003, and the bomb blast site turned into what is today @MemorialParkKe, to commemorate the pain, suffering and bravery of that dark day 20 years ago.

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