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Kenya Charges 4 with Murder in November Terror Attacks
Alisha Ryu
Nairobi
24 Jun 2003, 12:24 UTC

The authorities in Kenya have charged four people with 13 counts of murder in connection with the terrorist attack on an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa last November that killed 16 people.

The four men are believed to have ties to Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, an operative of the al-Qaida terrorist network who has been indicted in the United States for his role in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Kenyan prosecutors say one of the suspects, Kubwa Mohammed Seif, is the al-Qaida operative's father-in-law. The other suspects include Kubwa Mohammed's son, Mohammed Kubwa, and Aboud Rogo Mohammed, a man the Kenyan press describes as an Islamic cleric who introduced the al-Qaida operative to the family.

Kenyan officials say comments made last week by the U.S. ambassador to Kenya, Johnnie Carson, prompted the Kenyan government to announce the charges publicly rather than charge the suspects quietly in court. Ambassador Carson criticized Kenya's anti-terrorism efforts, saying there had not been a single arrest or conviction here since 1998.



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