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Tanzania: US Embassy Bombing Suspect Acquitted, Freed


A Tanzanian high court has acquitted a Tanzanian businessman charged in connection with the 1998 U.S. embassy bombing in Dar es Salaam.

The judge ordered 34-year-old Rashid Saleh Hemed freed, saying the evidence failed to prove that the suspect was part of a conspiracy to bomb the U.S. Embassy. Mr. Hemed had pleaded not guilty.

Eleven people died in the Tanzania attack. Another near-simultaneous bomb exploded at the US embassy in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, killing more than 200 others.

The United States says the bombings were the work of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network. In 2001, a New York court convicted four men of conspiracy in the twin bombings and sentenced them to life in prison.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.