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Part of Tanzania Bomb Vehicle Found

September 29, 1998

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) _ Investigators have identified the chassis of the vehicle that delivered the bomb to the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam that killed 11 people, a senior official said Tuesday.

The vehicle, which was not identified further, was destroyed except for the chassis, said Home Affairs Minister Ali Ameir Mohamed. The driver almost certainly also died in the blast, he said.

``When the vehicle arrived at embassy, the security camera started focusing on it after embassy security staff became suspicious, and, almost instantly, it went off,″ Ameir said.

Investigators suspect the bomb was detonated by remote control, he said.

The Aug. 7 explosion blasted away a corner of the embassy building in a residential neighborhood near the Indian Ocean and slammed a water tanker truck against a wall.

Tanzanian investigators and FBI agents had looked at the possibility that the tanker that delivered water to the embassy could have carried the bomb. But although the cab was destroyed, the tanker portion remained intact.

A nearly simultaneous bombing in neighboring Kenya killed 248 people at or near the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

Two suspects are in U.S. custody and have been indicted on U.S. federal charges with murdering the 12 Americans who died in the blast.

In Dar es Salaam, an Egyptian and a Tanzanian born in Zanzibar have been formally charged by a local court with 11 counts of murder each.

Ameir said police are looking for two more suspects who owned a car that possibly transported materials to make the bomb and that was left with the Zanzibari suspect Rashid Saleh Hemed.

``Indications point to the fact that a lot of people either knowingly or unknowingly were used in the manufacture of the bomb,″ said a Tanzanian official, who asked not to be identified.

Tanzanian police spokesman Aden Mwamunyange said the investigation was ``going very well″ and is expected to be concluded ``within the next two weeks″ when chief FBI investigator Kenneth Piernick returns to Dar es Salaam for a news conference.

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