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East Africa / Embassy Bombings #181659

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 12, 1998
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Confirmation that the United States received a warning that the embassy in Kenya was about to be bombed, but discounted it, noted.

(London: Sheila MacVicar) Evidence that Saudi Arabian terrorist Osama bin Laden may be behind the embassy bombings featured; details given of the formation of the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Americans, whose aim is to end American support for Israel by killing Americans and their allies. [Movement for Islamic Reform Dr. Sa'ad al-FAQIH - comments on the group and the failure of the Taliban in Afghanistan to contain bin Laden.] [In May 28 interview, bin LADEN - speaks about the jihad in which all Americans are targeted.] Actions taken by the United States in response to the threats from bin Laden outlined. [ABC News consultant Vincent CANNISTRARO - says the warning about Kenya should not have been dismissed.] Bin Laden's experience in east Africa reviewed; scenes shown from the bombing site.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Nairobi: Morton Dean) The investigation into the Kenya embassy bombing featured; scenes shown from the site now that the mountain of rubble has been removed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The delay in the flights for a rescue team from Virginia noted.

Dean, Morton;
Gibson, Charles;
MacVicar, Sheila

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