Today marks the twentieth anniversary since the August 7 1998 twin bomb attacks on two American Embassies one in Nairobi and the other in Dar es Salaam.
The attacks left over 200 dead and saw thousands more permanently injured. The attacks would later be associated members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Osama bin Laden’s led group Al Qaeda, an event that for the first time brought attention to the groups.
The attacks are believed to have been a way of revenge to the United States government for the country’s involvement in the extradition and alleged torture of four members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad who had been arrested in Albania for an alleged series of murders in Egypt two months prior to the attacks.
Technically that means our people suffered innocently. Many Kenyans therefore today woke up to share their thoughts with those who were affected and those who lost their loved ones. Many also showered praises to those who helped carry the injured to safety and those that helped retrieve the dead bodies of those who had died.