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Kenya To Charge 4 in Mombasa Terror Attack
VOA News
23 Jun 2003, 17:37 UTC

Kenya says it will charge four people with murder in connection with last year's suicide bombing which killed at least 15 people near the resort town of Mombasa.

The director of public prosecution, Philip Murgor, identified three of the four suspects during a news conference Monday in Nairobi.

They are Aboud Rogo, Kubwa Mohamed and Mohamed Kubwa. The Kenyan official did not name the fourth person to be charged.

They are expected to appear in court to be formally charged over the next few days.

Just last week, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Johnnie Carson criticized what he called the lack of progress in Nairobi's anti-terrorism efforts. On Friday, the U.S. issued a terror alert for Kenya and closed its embassy in the capital, Nairobi, for at least three days.

Kenya charged the first three suspects with with harboring an illegal alien in March. Authorities suspect that man, fugitive Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, of being an Al-Qaida operative and of taking part in the Mombasa attack.

Last November, suicide bombers drove a truck loaded with explosives into an Israeli owned hotel, killing themselves, three Israelis and up to 11 Kenyans. Minutes before the blast, missiles were fired at an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa, but the plane was not hit.

Kenyan officials also believe Mr. Mohammed was the mastermind behind the 1998 twin terror attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people. In May they released his photograph to the public, saying he had been seen traveling between Kenya and neighboring Somalia, and that he could be planning more attacks.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP and AP.

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