Bin Laden killing 'justice' for Kenyans

2011-05-02 21:28
Nairobi - Kenya welcomed Osama bin Laden's killing on Monday as payback for the 1998 east African embassy bombings but said it was too soon to lower its guard against Islamic extremists, especially from Somalia.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said the killing of the al-Qaeda chief was an "act of justice" for those who died when his network bombed the US embassy in Nairobi on August 7 1998.

A total of 224 people were killed in the twin truck bombings that day in Nairobi and in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, which were the deadliest assaults by al-Qaeda until the attacks in the US on September 11 2001.

"The killing of Osama has taken place nearly 13 years after the terrorist bombings in Nairobi that led to the death of over 200 people, in an act believed to have been masterminded by Osama," Kibaki said in a statement. The vast majority of the victims were Kenyans.

"His killing is an act of justice to those Kenyans who lost their lives and the many more who suffered injuries."

Apart from the embassy bombings, al-Qaeda also claimed responsibility for two almost simultaneous attacks on Israeli targets in the Kenyan coastal resort of Mombasa on November 28 2002.

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