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Sudan Ordered To Pay $10b To US Embassy Bombings Victims



A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has ordered Sudan to pay a whopping $10b for its complicity in the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

A large chunk of the money woukd be used to compensate victims of the attacks and other American workers and contractors who lost their lives or properties.

Sudan was found culpable of giving logistical and financial support to the Osama bin Laden-led al-Qaeda terrorist group.

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The al-Qaeda terrorist group succeeded in launching simultaneous attacks on American embassies in two major cities in East Africa on 7th August 1998.

A total of 224 people, 213 in Nairobi, Kenya and 11 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania lost their lives. More than four thousand people were left injured after trucks loaded with bombs plunged into the buildings.

Sudan has always maintained its innocence but that was not factored in the ruling. The country’s former president Omar al- Bashir had always been suspected of close ties with terrorist groups.

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This made the country to be blacklisted by U.S. and its allies and heavy sanctions placed on it. The measure economically affected the north-eastern African country culminating in years of recession and the subsequent overthrow of the government.

Sudan’s new government which came to power after the popular overthrow of the al-Bashir regime has pledged to remove the country from the list of terrorism sponsors.

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Sudan has accepted the court’s judgement though it absorb itself from the findings which implicated the country in the terrorist attacks. It said it was working with both Kenya and Tanzania to arrive at a workable compensation for the victims.