It was one year to the day since a terrorist bomb tore through the U.S. Embassy and an adjacent office building, killing 213 people and wounding more than 5,000, reports CBS News Correspondent Richard Roth. In an almost simultaneous attack on the American embassy in Tanzania, 11 people were killed.
All but 12 of those who were killed in the Nairobi bombing were Kenyans. The tumbling concrete and shattering glass disfigured and blinded hundreds of others, leaving them unable to work and stretching already meager family incomes.
"Why choose Kenya? What is Kenya guilty of?" lamented Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi.
At a State Department ceremony, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright marked the one-year anniversary of the fatal bombings with a pledge that "we will not rest" until the terrorists are caught.
A letter from President Clinton said, "The intended victims of this vicious crime stood for everything that is right about our country and the world, Americans and Africans working together for peace and progress and a better future."
|Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi asked, 'Why choose Kenya? What is Kenya guilty of?'|
Albright told about 250 invited guests that the mourning - and search for justice - continues. In attendance were friends and families of the U.S. victims, and some of the injured Africans still receiving medical treatment in the U.S.
Eight people have been arrested in connection with the bombings so far, and the State Department is offering rewards for the capture of nine others, including millionaire Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden.
The government is also warning against possible attacks tied to the anniversary of the bombings.
Intelligence sources say bin Laden has specifically targeted FBI headquarters in Washington, perhaps because the bureau recently named him to its Ten Most Wanted List, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart.
In anticipation of a repeat attack, the State Department is shoring up defenses at several dozen of its African embassies. Many of them are considered prime targets for terrorists.
Once confident that he had only enough resources to strike at targets overseas, American intelligence sources now believe bin Laden has the money and people in place to strike within the continental U.S. as well.
"Osama bin Laden, it has been reported, has the resources to even penetrate the United States," said Sen. rrin Hatch, R-Utah, of the Select Intelligence Committee. "There apparently are a number of top wealthy Arabs who are also funding Osama bin Laden. We understand a number of children are being named Osama over there. So they're glorifying this person. Ultimately, we're going to get him, and ultimately, we're going to make an example of a person who literally is causing death all over the world, or at least trying to cause death all over the world."
During an appearance Sunday on CBS News Face the Nation, Hatch told Stewart and CBS News Special Correspondent Gloria Borger that the United States is "holding its own" against bin Laden, and especially praises Louis Freeh and the FBI for their work.
He also said that, geographically, bin Laden has been held in check.
"We did a pretty good job on counter-terrorism," said Hatch. "It's just that a nation as free as ours would never be totally void of vulnerability with regard to terrorist acts."
Added the senator, "We basically know what his activities are, and we've just got to stay ever alert, because he does have the finances, he does have some support around the world that literally could cause him to penetrate our country as well as others. And American citizens can be endangered."
Meanwhile, a new U.S. Embassy is to be built on the northern edge of Nairobi in the next four years. Embassy personnel, who have been housed in temporary cramped quarters since the bombing, will move later this year to a temporary embassy site on the edge of Nairobi National Park on the road to the international airport.