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Bush focuses on Al Qaeda on anniversary of embassy bombings

BANGKOK, August 7- President George W. Bush on Thursday marked the tenth anniversary of the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania by emphasizing the role of the Al-Qaeda terror network in the attack.

Ceremonies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam commemorated the victims of the August 7 1998 bombings, which killed a total of 224 people and injured some 5,000, almost all of them Africans.

"We remember today those who lost their lives or were injured in the attacks, their families, and their loved ones," Bush said in a statement released during a stop in Thailand on his tour of Asia.

The attacks "are brutal examples of Al-Qaeda’s tactics in its war against innocent people worldwide — carried out in the heart of two African capitals without regard to the race, creed, or nationality of the victims," said Bush.

"This has been Al-Qaeda’s method for more than a decade, indiscriminately attacking civilians throughout the world.

"The attacks in Kenya and Tanzania remind us that Al-Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates continue to want to attack the United States and our allies.

The anniversary "reinforces the need to confront the terrorists, to work with our allies to bring them to justice, and to prevent such attacks from happening again," Bush said.

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