Jane Marriott visits US Embassy memorial in Nairobi

US Embassy Nairobi bombing
Memorial park at the site of the embassy in Nairobi. Photo: Zweifel (CC BY-SA 3.0)

New British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriott, has been exploring her new home and shared on Twitter that she had visited the memorial to the victims of the US Embassy bombing on 7 August 1998. 

More than 200 people were killed in nearly simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the United States Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

On August 7 between 10:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. local time, suicide bombers in explosive laden trucks parked outside the embassies and almost simultaneously detonated.213 people were killed and around 4,000 were injured in the Nairobi blast, while 11 were killed in Dar es Salaam.

US Embassy Nairobi bombing
Aftermath of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombing in Kenya in 1998. Photo: FBI

Although the attacks were directed at U.S. facilities, the vast majority of casualties were local citizens of the two African countries. The Nairobi embassy was so badly damaged that it had to be rebuilt and is now located across the road from the United Nations Office at Nairobi for security purposes.

US Embassy Nairobi bombing
Wreckage from the Nairobi bombing. Photo: US Government

The memorial park, visited by Ms Marriott, was constructed on the former embassy site, dedicated on the third anniversary of the attack.

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