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Kenyan Court Sets Date to Hear Suspects in Mombasa Hotel Bombing - 2003-07-22


In Kenya, a court hearing for five suspects charged with murder in connection with last November's hotel bombing on Kenya's coast has been set for August 5.

The five suspects, Said Saggar Ahmed, Aboud Rogo Mohammed, Salmin Mohammed Khamis, Kubwa Mohamed and his son, Mohamed Kubwa, were in court Tuesday for a hearing to allow the prosecution to give an update on the case.

Prosecution lawyers say they are still gathering documents and other information for the trial of the five men. They are charged with murder for their alleged role in the November 28 suicide bombing of the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel near the coastal city of Mombasa.

Kenyan officials say 18 people are believed to have been killed in the attack.

Four men were charged June 24 with 15 counts of murder, while a fifth man was charged on July 8.

The suspects are believed to have ties to Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, an alleged operative in Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist organization.

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