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5 Questioned in Kenya Bombing

August 13, 1998

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Kenyan and U.S. investigators said today they are interrogating five people in connection with the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi and are making ``some progress″ in identifying the vehicle that delivered the bomb.

``There are about five of them. We are talking to them. We are questioning them. We are interrogating them,″ a senior Kenyan investigator said. ``It was because of suspicious activities.″

But he said it was too early to say whether any of them would be arrested.

He said one of those being held had been identified by someone at the embassy after the bombing.

FBI special agent Sheila Horan told a news conference that the FBI may have identified parts of the vehicle containing the bomb that exploded in Nairobi on Friday.

``We are literally sifting through tremendous piles of debris,″ she said, adding that the FBI has had some success ``in identifying parts of the delivery vehicle.″

She said the work was painstaking.

``I can’t emphasize enough, we are sifting and we have had some success,″ Horan said.

FBI special agent Sheila Horan told a news conference that the FBI may have identified parts of the vehicle containing the bomb that exploded in Nairobi on Friday.

``We are literally sifting through tremendous piles of debris,″ she said, adding that the FBI has had some success ``in identifying parts of the delivery vehicle.″

She said the work was painstaking.

``I can’t emphasize enough, we are sifting and we have had some success,″ Horan said.

Horan refused to comment when asked whether the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Kampala, Uganda had received a warning of an attack two weeks before nearly simultaneous bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed 257 people and injured more than 5,000.

Joint FBI and Kenyan teams are interviewing thousands of people in the area where the bomb went off.

Horan said it was ``a massive″ number of interviews, but a necesssary step in the investigation. ``A small detail could be very valuable,″ she said.

In an opening statement, Horan said that Kenya had pledged and delivered full cooperation and was sharing its resources with the FBI.

On behalf of the FBI, she offered ``the deepest sympathy and compassion″ to Kenyans and members of the diplomatic community who had suffered losses as a result of the bombing.

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