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Murder Indictments in Embassy Blast

September 21, 1998

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) _ A magistrate’s court formally charged two men with murder today in connection with the Aug. 7 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in which 11 people died.

Mustafa Mahmoud Said Ahmed and Rashid Saleh Hemed were charged with 11 counts of murder according to Section 196 of the Tanzanian Penal Code.

It was not immediately possible to ascertain the nationalities of those charged, but police said earlier that one was a Tanzanian national from Zanzibar and the other was a foreigner.

All 11 killed were Africans, mainly Tanzanians.

In a nearly simultaneous bombing at the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Kenya, 247 people, including 12 Americans, were killed.

Two men have been indicted in a U.S. Federal District Court in Manhattan for the murders of the 12 Americans, and several other suspects are being sought.