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A look at major terror attacks in East Africa

September 22, 2013
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A look at the major terror attacks in East Africa, outside of Somalia:

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Sept. 21, 2013: Gunmen use grenades and assault rifles to attack an upscale mall in Kenya's capital, killing at least 59 people and wounding 175. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the terror attack that targeted non-Muslims.

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October 2011-March 2013: Al-Shabab and the group's sympathizers staged many attacks in Kenya that killed more than 60 people in retaliation for the Kenyan government's decision in October 2011 to send troops into Somalia to battle the rebels. The Kenyan government sent troops into Somalia after al-Shabab staged several cross-border attacks and kidnapped foreign tourists in Kenya.

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July 11, 2010: Militants from al-Shabab detonated near-simultaneous blasts in Uganda's capital at sites where crowds were watching the World Cup soccer final on large TV screens, killing about 76 people. Al-Shabab said the attacks were in retaliation for Uganda's decision to send troops to Somalia to fight the extremist insurgents.

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Nov. 28, 2002: Militants bombed an Israeli-owned luxury hotel near Mombasa, Kenya, killing 13 people. Minutes before the blast, assailants fired two missiles at an Israeli airliner taking off from Mombasa's airport, but narrowly missed the aircraft.

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Aug. 7, 1998: Al-Qaida bombed United States diplomatic missions in Kenya and Tanzania. The attacks killed 224 people in total, mostly Kenyans, but also 12 Americans. About a dozen of those killed died in Tanzania.

 
 

 

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