US Offers Ksh500 Million Reward in Hunt for Nairobi Criminals

The US Department of State building in Washington DC.
  • More than 23 years since terror attacks claimed 213 lives in Nairobi, the US Government is still hunting for masterminds who carried out the heinous activity.

    In a statement shared on Saturday, August 7, the US Department of State announced it was offering global citizens up to Ksh500 million (US$5 million) for any information relating to the bombing.

    The Nairobi bombing of the US Embassy was carried out simultaneously with that of the US Embassy in Tanzania that claimed 11 lives.

    In both scenarios, more than 4,500 people were left nursing injuries including the then US ambassador to Kenya.

    The US Department of State building in Washington D.C.
    US Department of State

    In the statement shared by the Rewards for Justice under the US Department of State, anyone with information was urged to reach out to the organisation through Whatsapp, Telegram or Signal.

    “On August 7, 1998, al-Qaida terrorists detonated truck bombs outside the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

    “The explosion killed 213 people and wounded more than 5,000 others, including the US Ambassador. The explosion in Dar es Salaam killed 11 people and wounded 85 others,” the statement read in part.

    Since the incidents occurred, several individuals have been tried in the United States including Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, a founding member of al-Qaeda who was arrested in September 1998 in Germany and extradited.

    Mahmud is serving a life sentence in federal prison for his connection to the bombings.

    In October 2001, al-Qaeda operatives Wadih El-Hage, Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali, and Mohamed Sadeek Odeh were convicted for the planning and execution of the embassy bombings and sentenced to life in prison.

    In January 2011, al-Qaida operative Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was convicted and sentenced to life in a U.S. court for his role in the bombings.  

    In September 2014, Adel Abdel Bari, a close associate al-Qaida leader Zawahiri, pled guilty to conspiring to kill U.S. nationals and received a 25-year sentence in federal court.

    Among those still on the run include Sayf al-Adl, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

    The bombings left serious damage on the two US Embassy buildings in the two countries as well as buildings nearby.

    A notice announcing reward for information on Nairobi Embassy bombers
    A notice announcing reward for information on Nairobi Embassy bombers.