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US Re-opens Kenya Embassy
VOA News
25 Jun 2003, 12:40 UTC

The United States has reopened its embassy in Kenya, five days after closing it on reports of a terror threat.

The embassy reopening comes one day after Kenya charged four of its citizens with 13 counts of murder in connection with last November's deadly suicide bombing near the resort city of Mombasa.

Sixteen people were killed on November 28, when three suicide bombers drove a car loaded with explosives into the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel. Minutes earlier, attackers using a shoulder launcher fired missiles at an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa, but the plane was not hit.

Kenyan officials say the four individuals charged on Tuesday are believed to have ties to Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, an alleged al-Qaida operative. A U.S. Court court has indicted Mr. Mohammed for his alleged role in the simultaneous bomb attacks against the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998, which killed at least 220 people.

Last week, Johnnie Carson, the American Ambassador to Kenya, sharply criticized Kenya's anti-terrorism efforts. He told a television interviewer the east African nation was the only terrorist-affected country in the world in which there has not been a single arrest or conviction.

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