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Murder Indictments in Embassy Blast

September 21, 1998

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) _ A magistrate’s court today formally charged a Tanzanian and an Egyptian with murder in connection with the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania.

Egyptian Mustafa Mahmoud Said Ahmed and Tanzanian Rashid Saleh Hemed were each charged with 11 counts of murder. The Aug. 7 bombing killed 11 people, all Africans.

Saleh is a native of Zanzibar, an island off Tanzania.

Resident Magistrate Amiri Maneto said no bail was allowed. If convicted, the penalty would be death by hanging. A trial date will be set Oct. 5.

Although no details were released in court, local press reports say police found traces of chemicals that could have been used in making the bomb in Saleh’s home and more traces in his car.

No information was available on why Ahmed was charged. He told the court he couldn’t understand the charge because he was not even in Dar es Salaam on the day of the bombing. He said he was in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha.

Saleh did not make a statement.

Three FBI agents were present at the hearing.

In a nearly simultaneous bombing at the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Kenya, 248 people, including 12 Americans, were killed.

Today, the National Disaster Operation Center in Nairobi confirmed the death of a woman injured in the blast, bringing the death toll to 248.

Two men have been indicted in federal court in New York in the murders of the 12 Americans slain in the bombing in Kenya, and several other suspects are being sought.

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