10 August 1998
US, KENYA AND TANZANIA TO COOPERATE ON FINDING EMBASSY BOMBERS(FBI leading US investigation of terrorist blasts) (410) By Jane A. Morse USIA Diplomatic Correspondent Washington -- US law enforcement experts expect to cooperate with Kenyan and Tanzanian law enforcement authorities in efforts to find the perpetrators of the August 7 bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, according to Patrick Kennedy, Assistant Secretary of State for Administration. At a press briefing August 10, Kennedy pointed out that the bombings are crimes in all three countries. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will lead efforts for the US side, he said. US officials have been unable to confirm reports that suspects in the bombings have been detained or arrested, Deputy State Department Spokesman James Foley told reporters. The State Department officials defended the ongoing program to upgrade security at US government diplomatic facilities around the world. Since the 1985 Inman Report made recommendations on how to enhance security at US embassies, some 27 new US embassy buildings have been constructed to these standards and many more older buildings have been rehabilitated, Kennedy said. (The Inman Report was produced by Bobby Ray Inman, a retired admiral and former top intelligence official who led a panel of experts for the State Department during the Reagan administration to investigate security standards in the wake of the 1984 terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.) Both the Nairobi and Dar es Salaam embassies were constructed in the early 1980s, Kennedy said, and have had upgrades over the years to improve security. He said that the buildings were not considered "soft targets" attractive to terrorists. Foley said the casualty figures for Nairobi as of early August 10 were: -- 12 official US government personnel confirmed dead; -- 32 Foreign Service Nationals confirmed dead; -- 10 official US government personnel injured and hospitalized in Germany; -- 3 injured Americans sent to South African medical facilities; -- 20 injured Kenyans hospitalized locally, -- 5 injured Kenyans sent to medical facilities in Germany, with another 7 scheduled to follow. In Dar es Salaam, there were no American deaths, but one US embassy employee was injured and sent to London for medical treatment. Eight Foreign Service Nationals and locally contracted employees were killed and another 76 injured, Foley said. Some 200 US medical workers are now at the bombing sites aiding the injured, with another 200 investigators searching for clues that might lead to perpetrators, State Department officials told reporters after the briefing.