Incident Summary:

08/07/1998: Suicide attackers detonated a vehicle bomb outside of the United States Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 11 people. Eighty-five people were also injured in the attack, which was perpetrated by Al-Qa'ida.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity U.S. Department of State
Specific Description United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 85 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 85
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Laura Myers, “U.S. promises to hit back if any government involved in bombings,” The Associated Press, August 9, 1998
“Kenya; New Twist in bomb Tragedy,” Africa News, August 18, 1998.
“Blast toll tops 200,” Evening Herald (Plymouth), August 10, 1998.