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Bush Concerned About New Violence

November 28, 2002

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CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) _ President Bush, informed of terrorist attacks in Kenya during his Thanksgiving intelligence briefing, deplored the violence and offered U.S. help in the investigation.

As for who’s behind the twin attacks on Israeli tourists in Kenya, deputy White House press secretary Gordon Johndroe said it was too early to tell whether Osama bin Laden’s terror network was involved.

``It’s premature to rule al-Qaida in or out in these incidents,″ Johndroe said.

The president, who is on holiday with family at his Texas ranch, learned of the attacks in his daily briefing and then conferred by telephone with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.

``The United States deplores this violence. We stand ready to offer the Kenyans and the Israelis assistance in this investigation,″ Johndroe said.

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