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October 21, 1998

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) _ Police and FBI agents have seized a house where they believe terrorists assembled a bomb that killed 11 people and destroyed the U.S. Embassy here, a senior government official said today.

Home Affairs Minister Ali Ameir Mohamed said the house is in the Dar es Salaam district of Ilala, a sprawling low-income neighborhood about four miles southwest of the embassy along the road to the airport.

He said the house had been taken over by FBI agents and Tanzanian police investigating the Aug. 7 blast but did not say what happened to the occupants, if there were any.

A nearly simultaneous attack the same day in neighboring Kenya killed 213 people, including 12 Americans, at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

U.S. authorities have charged four people in connection with the Nairobi blast. Three are in custody in New York, and a fourth has not been caught.

An Egyptian and a Tanzanian have been formally charged in the Tanzanian bombing and are being held without bail in Dar es Salaam.

Two other men are sought in connection with the Dar es Salaam bombing. A senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified them as a Kenyan of Yemini origin known as Fahad and a Tanzanian of Omani origin named Ahmad Khalfan.

Both men, who reportedly left Dar es Salaam several days before the August bombings, had business dealings with Tanzanian Rashid Saleh Hemed, one of the two suspects held in Dar es Salaam.

Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, one of three men in custody in the United States for the Nairobi bombing, told police in Pakistan where he was arrested that Ahmad Khalfan was a member of the group that planned the attack in Dar es Salaam.

According to the same Pakistani police sources, Odeh identified Fahad as being involved in the Nairobi embassy bombing.

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