10 August 1998
SECRETARY OF STATE ALBRIGHT OFFERS REWARD FOR EMBASSY BOMBERS(Assures staff of efforts to track killers) (850) By Jim Fisher-Thompson USIA Staff Writer WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on August 10 announced a $2 million reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the perpetrators behind the bombings of two U.S. Embassies in East Africa that killed at least 12 Americans and some 200 Africans while wounding thousands of others, including U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell in Kenya. Albright told Foreign Service officers and civil servants assembled here at the State Department that "we must find and punish the cowards who committed this act." In the Nairobi bombing, Ambassador Bushnell sustained minor wounds, including bruises, abrasions, and a cut lip when she was thrown to the floor during the blast. Backing her words with action, Albright announced a major "reward of up to $2 million for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible" for the car bomb attacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam on the morning of August 7. Albright put the killers on notice, saying: "President [Bill] Clinton has made it absolutely clear that we will not rest until that [punishment] happens, and it will happen -- for our nation's memory is long and our reach is far." As for government employees, the secretary said: "Once again, the worst of tragedies has brought out the best in all of you. I know the coming days will be hard for many of our colleagues, and we need to help each other getting our jobs done" in representing United States interests abroad. Nor will the injuries and sacrifices of Africans in the bombings be forgotten, Albright stressed, pointing out that the U.S. government will be "consulting with representatives of the people of Tanzania and Kenya to determine appropriate ways to support them at this time of loss." Director General of the U.S. Foreign Service and Director of Personnel Edward Gnehm Jr. also noted that five Kenyan embassy workers were seriously wounded in the Nairobi bombing and have been flown to a U.S. Army hospital in Germany for specialized treatment of their wounds, and "we may be sending seven more as we evaluate their conditions." In addition, Gnehm said, "we've established a task force in our FSN area to deal with all the problems" that arise from the bombings. "I would remind you all that we have a fund for FSNs," which the State Department will augment sometime soon, he said. (FSN -- Foreign Service National -- is a category of host country citizens employed by the embassy.) Finally, said Gnehm, "we are a family...and you would be very proud of the way people have reacted over the last few days. Rest assured that we are going to do everything that is right for our people." "President Clinton and I will also do all we can to protect our citizens and employees abroad as well as the citizens of our host countries," Albright emphasized. To that end, she said, "we're working with the administration and Congress to prepare a budget request that will allow us to rebuild and continue our presence in Kenya and Tanzania and that will provide essential security for posts around the world that may have additional needs for such things as armored vehicles, metal detectors, barricades, and communication links." Clinton referred to the terrorist acts in Africa before giving a speech in Kentucky, declaring that the struggle against "this kind of conduct" is essential "to building a civilized, open world for the 21st century." There were no Americans killed in Dar es Salaam. The 12 Americans killed in Nairobi are Consul General Julian Bartley and his son, Jay Bartley; Molly Hardy of the Administrative Office; Prabhi Kavaler and Michelle O'Connor, both of the General Services Office; Tom Shah, of the Political Section; Jean Dalizu and Army Sergeant Kenneth Hobson II, both of the Defense Attache's Office; Arlene Kirk and Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Sherry Lynn Olds, both of the Military Assistance Office; Marine Sergeant Jesse N. Aliganga of the Marine Security Guard detachment; and Louise Martin, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Albright told her audience that "we have another responsibility today that is equally fundamental to those who died, to those who lived, and to all Americans. These United States, this principled, purposeful nation, will not be intimidated. We will redouble our efforts to build peace and to fight intolerance. We will meet our responsibility to stay engaged in the world, to keep standing up for the values that the peacemakers cherish and for the future that the bomb throwers fear. "For although terror can turn buildings to rubble and laughter to tears, it can never, will never, deter America from its purpose and presence around the globe. That is the best answer we can give to the despicable cowards who did this. That is the best thing we can do to honor the service of the men and women who lost their lives in this tragedy."