Bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Early this morning bombs exploded at the U.S. Embassy buildings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, resulting in numerous injuries and in severe damage to both installations, and surrounding buildings.
- There have been a number of deaths, including some U.S. Embassy personnel in Nairobi. This information is being confirmed and next-of-kin will be notified before the names of the victims are released publicly.
- In Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, there were also many casualties. There are no reports that Americans were killed in that attack, however some were injured.
- Our embassies in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam are performing under difficult circumstances. They are working with local authorities in both countries to help bring victims out of the wreckage and to bring urgent medical attention to the injured.
- Defense Department and State Department-led emergency response teams are being dispatched to the region. The teams include medical personnel, disaster relief experts, criminal investigators, and counter-terrorism specialists.
- We thank our friends in the international community for their assistance in this humanitarian effort.
- The U.S. Government is currently mobilizing all necessary capabilities both inside and outside the region to deal with all aspects of this human catastrophe.
- Though the attacks appear coordinated, there has not yet been any claim of responsibility for these cowardly acts.
- Appropriate security measures have been taken at our embassies and military facilities throughout the region and around the world.
- Later today the Department of State will issue Travel Warnings for Kenya and Tanzania as well as a worldwide caution, urging Americans to exercise extra prudence overseas.
[End of Document]