THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release August 7, 2009
Statement by the President
on the 11th Anniversary of the Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania
Today marks the eleventh Anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In Kenya, 218 people lost their lives and over 5,000 were injured; the blast in Dar es Salaam killed 11 people and wounded more than 85 others. Our thoughts are with those who were injured and the families and loved ones of those who were lost in these tragic events.
These attacks in East Africa are sad examples of al Qaeda’s determination to kill innocent men, women and children in many countries, regardless of their religion, race, or nationality. The memory of the attacks in Kenya and Tanzania remind us that we must always be vigilant in working with our allies to bring these terrorists to justice; to prevent these types of attacks from happening again; and to advance peace and security for Americans, Kenyans, Tanzanians, and people around the world.