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Terrorist Truck Bomb Kills 23 Americans at Base in Saudi Arabia

June 26, 1996

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ A powerful truck bomb tore through apartment buildings at a U.S. Air Force complex in Saudi Arabia Tuesday night, killing 23 Americans and injuring more than 300, officials said.

President Clinton vowed, ``The cowards who committed this murderous act must not go unpunished.″ Declaring ``America takes care of its own,″ Clinton dispatched an FBI team to assist in the investigation.

An Air Force statement late Tuesday night put the death toll at 23 Americans. At least 105 other Americans sustained serious injuries, and 240 were treated and released. All of the dead and injured were Americans, Pentagon officials said.

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