Photos: 25 years later, the '98 bomb blast memories still linger


Narck-K leader Martha Karua and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka during the memorail service for the 1998 bomb blast victims at the Memorail Garden in Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

On this day 25 years ago, a massive blast occurred and the American Embassy and adjacent Ufundi Cooperative House came tumbling down.

It was mid-morning on August 7, 1998, when the first massive blast hit the US embassy in downtown Nairobi, followed minutes later by an explosion in Dar es Salaam, killing a total of 224 people and injuring around 5,000.

First responders who arrived at the scene try rescue fefforts. [File, Standard]

With two monster bombs loaded onto the back of trucks and a trail of carnage in East Africa, the world was introduced to Osama bin Laden three years before the September 11 attacks in New York would make him a household name.

One of the survivors holds a candle during a memorial service in Nairobi on August 7, 2023. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

"It wasn't the first time Al-Qaeda had carried out an attack, but in terms of the spectacular, catastrophic nature of the incident, they really announced their entry into the world stage," said Martin Kimani, head of Kenya's National Counter Terrorism Centre.

Rescue teams that were deployed at the scene. [File, Standard]

"When 9/11 happened it was shocking and surprising, but a precedent had been set here in East Africa."

Relatives to some of the 1998 bomb blast attack lite candles during a memorial service on August 7, 2023. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka arrives at the Memorial park for a service in honor of the 1998 bomb blast attack. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]
What remained of a car after the attack. [File, Standard]
Today marks 25 years after the attack. [File, Standard]