Director's Statement: 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Embassy Bombings in Africa
Statement by CIA Director Mike Hayden on the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Embassy Bombings in Africa
August 5, 2008
Ten years ago Thursday, America woke to news that terrorists had attacked our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. More than 200 people were killed, including 12 Americans, and thousands were injured in the nearly simultaneous bombings.
Since well before the Africa embassy bombings, CIA has been in the vanguard against global terrorism. From South Asia and the Middle East, to Africa, Europe, and the Americas, this Agency works tirelessly to defeat al-Qa’ida, its affiliates, and all who seek to spread ideologies of violence, hate, and ignorance. I can think of no better way to honor the memory of those killed in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Their dedication to building a safer, better world remains an inspiration to all who carry the mission forward.