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Explosion Rocks Kenyan Capital

August 7, 1998

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ A huge explosion heavily damaged a downtown Nairobi building near the U.S. Embassy and the central bank on Friday. The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

Hundreds of people were injured, as were vehicles parked nearby. A plume of black smoke shot into the sky.

Ambulances and police rushed to the chaotic scene.

Phone calls to the U.S. Embassy went unanswered.

The explosion occurred adjacent to the embassy at Cooperative House, a building of private and government offices.

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