#1:. The U.S. Embassy attack 1988, Nairobi
This might as well be counted as the first major terrorist attack in Kenya’s history. The bombings were carried out on the 7th August, 1998, with simultaneous truck bomb explosions at the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. On the same day, the U.S. was celebrating an eighteenth anniversary since their forces entered Saudi Arabia.
The Egyptian Islamic Jihad and Al-Qaeda were blamed for the bombing and al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden was, for the first time, put on FBI’s “top ten most wanted” list. Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah and Fazul Abdullah Mohammed were identified as the masterminds of the attack.
The attack damaged the embassy building which was the main target as well as the nearby Ufundi Building killing a number of innocent Kenyans mainly staff and students of a secretarial college housed there. A bus exploded on nearby Haile Selassie Avenue and shattering windows spread as far as one kilometer away leaving thousands with varying degrees of cuts and eye injuries.
The attack is reported to have left 213 people dead and 4,000 others injured.