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Kenya and Tanzania remember Al-Qaeda bomb attacks of 1998

AFP  |  Nairobi 

and today marked the 20th anniversary of devastating bombings in and Dar Es Salaam, which signalled Al-Qaeda's emergence as a on the global stage.

In Nairobi, a solemn ceremony reunited families of the victims and officials at a memorial park in the centre of the Kenyan capital, created on the site of the

The diplomatic mission was devastated by a huge explosion on the morning of August 7, 1998, followed minutes later by another massive blast which wrecked the in

A total of 224 people were killed in the attacks and around 5,000 injured -- mostly African citizens.

"Twenty years ago today, evil showed its terrible face in and Tanzania," US to told the gathering.

"In the middle of a busy Friday morning, terrorists exploded bombs outside the US embassies here in and in "

"In an awful moment, the lives of thousands changed forever as did the lives of their families and friends," he added.

The Nairobi Chamber Choir gave performed the Kenyan and American national anthems, then participants held candles while the names of the victims were read out to the sound of a solo violin.

"On that day, the perpetrator's -- -- appetite and ambition for large-scale attacks grew," said Martin Kimani, of Kenya's National Counter Centre.

"Since then, large parts of the world have endured repeated attacks by terrorists," he added.

A similar memorial service was scheduled to take place in The twin attacks introduced the world to Al-Qaeda's three years before the September 11 attacks in would make him a household name.

Almost 3,000 people died when hijacked passenger aircraft hit the in and destroyed the at the World Trade Center, the symbol of New York's financial wealth.

In May 2011, the announced that Bin Laden had been killed in by US special forces.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 16:55 IST