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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Remarks on apprehension of suspects in bombings of U.S. embassies, FBI Headquarters
Washington, D.C., August 27, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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Thank you very much, Director Freeh. Madam Attorney General, National Security Advisor Berger, US Attorney White and Ambassador Nyang'anyi and Military Attache Oyugi, thank you very much for being with us and all of the law enforcement community here. I'm very pleased to be here to join in making what is a very welcome announcement, and I would like to congratulate all those involved in the investigation.

The rendition and arraignment of a prime suspect in the Kenya bombing is a tribute to the hard work and long reach of our nation's law enforcement and diplomatic team, and it reflects the growing determination of an international community to hold terrorists accountable. When I visited our missions in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam last week, I was deeply impressed by the efforts of our FBI in collaboration with their Kenyan and Tanzanian counterparts to gather evidence. I know they would say that they're only doing their jobs, but they're out there day after day sifting through rubble; looking for microscopic clues in a mountain of devastation. It's back-breaking, heart-wrenching work, and they richly deserve our gratitude for their efforts to establish the full truth about who planned and perpetrated these cowardly acts of mass murder.

Terrorists should understand that America will use every available diplomatic, judicial, economic and, when necessary, military tool to protect our people. We will not be intimidated by terror; we will not shrink from our responsibilities; and we are determined that sooner or later, one way or another, terrorists will be held accountable for their crimes. Sadly, there is nothing we can do to bring back the colleagues and loved ones who were taken from us 20 days ago. But the announcement today indicates how serious we are about bringing those responsible to justice. To the Attorney General and Director Freeh, I want to thank you all on behalf of the State Department for a job well done, and offer our full cooperation and assistance as the investigation pursues.

Thank you.

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