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A terrorist bomb aimed at the American Embassy caused devastation, reducing the embassy and a neighbouring five-storey office block to mounds of rubble. Over two hundred people were killed and thousands injured. The blast, and a simultaneous attack on the US Embassy in Tanzania, were blamed on al-Qaeda, and four men linked to the group were convicted for their part in the bombings..A US Marine stands guard outside the damaged embassy compound. The terrorist bomb blew the embassy's American flag onto the fence.