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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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On a day like tomorrow, 20 years ago, a Friday, all hell broke loose just after 10 a.m. Two singular, coordinated terror attacks in KE and TZ cost hundreds of lives and injured many more. It was like the world was broken in two, but we survived. And thrived.
Before August 7th 1998, the worst terror attack in KE was the 1980 Norfolk bombing which killed 20 people and injured tens of others. It was retaliation for KE allowing Israel to refuel during Operation Entebbe (there were other 'reasons' as well)
The choice of August 7th (for the terrorists) was significant. It was eight years from the day US troops established their presence in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War.
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