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Kenya drops charges against three for US embassy bombing

[JURIST] Kenyan prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against three men for plotting the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi [State Department backgrounder] that killed 224 people. The three, Salmin Mohammed Khamis, Mohammed Kubwa Seif and Said Saggar Ahmed, still face charges for alleged conspiracy in connection with the 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel that killed 15 and with a failed rocket attack on an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa airport after the hotel bombing. Prosecutor Edwin Okello did not say why he was dropping charges for the embassy bombing. Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the 2002 attacks, and four others have been charged in connection with them. A Tanzanian man was convicted in absentia for the embassy bombings in Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and he was handed over to the US in 2004 after being captured by Pakistan. Reuters has more.

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