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Colin Powell Discusses Bombings

August 12, 1998

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Exposure to bombings and other acts of terrorism is unfortunately ``the cost of doing business″ in today’s world, retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell said Tuesday.

Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday’s bombings at two U.S. embassies in Africa and the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building show that Americans can become targets anywhere.

``That is the cost of doing business and it’s not just something that can happen overseas but, as this community knows better than anyone, it can happen here,″ he said.

Friday’s explosions killed at more than 200 people and injured nearly 5,000; 168 died and hundreds more were wounded in the April 1995 attack in Oklahoma City.

All possible steps should be taken to protect against such attacks, Powell said, but embassies and other government buildings cannot be made into fortified bastions and continue to fulfill their purpose.

``I think there are limits to what you can do in a free society,″ he said.

Powell was in Oklahoma City to take part in a motivational seminar.

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