The second suspect in the U.S. embassy bombings was brought to the United States Friday, and court documents accused fugitive Islamic militant Osama bin Laden of urging the killing of Americans anywhere in the world.
Friday's scheduled appearance of Mohammed Saddiq Odeh, 33, before a magistrate judge in U.S. District Court followed Thursday's unsealing of an FBI criminal complaint against Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-'Owhali. The complaint said Al-'Owhali confessed that he rode a bomb-laden vehicle to the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and tossed a grenade at a guard there in what was planned as a suicide attack.Authorities have linked the two to bin Laden, whom U.S. officials blame for the Aug. 7 attacks on American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The bombings left 258 people dead, including 12 Americans, and more than 5,000 people injured.
Court papers unsealed Friday gave a glimpse of the case prosecutors have built against bin Laden in an indictment that remains sealed.
In a criminal complaint, FBI agent Daniel J. Coleman said Odeh told FBI agents that the bombings were carried out by al Qaeda, an international terrorist group headed by bin Laden.
Coleman said al Qaeda sought to influence U.S. foreign policy by killing U.S. civilians worldwide, along with members of the U.S. military stationed in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere. The conspiracy was under way Aug. 23, 1996, when bin Laden signed a declaration of Jihad, calling for efforts to be pooled to kill Americans and encourage others to join the holy war against the American enemy.
In February, bin Laden allegedly heated up the quest by declaring along with the Islamic Group, al Jihad, the Jihad Movement in Bangladesh and the World Islamic Front that Muslims should kill Americans, including civilians, anywhere in the world, the complaint said.
Al-'Owhali and Odeh were sent to the United States in part because Kenya was wary that a trial in the African nation might invite new terrorist assaults. U.S. laws on terrorism cover attacks against American citizens on foreign soil.
"No matter what it takes, how long it takes, or where it takes us, we will bring to justice those responsible for the murder and maiming of American citizens," President Clinton said.
"We will not be intimidated by terror, and we are determined that sooner or later, one way or other, terrorists will be held accountable for their crimes," Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said.
Several suspects remain in custody in Kenya and also could be sent to the United States for trial, officials said.
The FBI complaint, which named each U.S. victim, charged Al-'Owhali with murder, murder conspiracy and the use of weapons of mass destruction.
According to the criminal complaint, Al-'Owhali told the FBI that on the day of the bombing he rode in the passenger seat of a bomb-laden vehicle to the embassy in Nairobi and tossed a grenade at a guard outside.
Al-'Owhali was injured in the attack and was treated at a hospital for cuts on his hands and face and a large wound on his back. In a hospital bathroom, he allegedly discarded two keys that fit the padlock on the back of the vehicle and three bullets for a gun left in it.
Al-'Owhali was arrested by Kenyan officials two days after the bombing. The FBI said he admitted being trained in explosives, hijacking and kidnapping in camps in Afghanistan, including camps affiliated with bin Laden.
His public defender, Yuanchung Lee, declined to comment.
Odeh was arrested in Pakistan, on the day of the bombing and had been held by Kenyan authorities since Aug. 14. He is said to be either a Jordanian or Palestinian who obtained Kenyan citizenship in 1994.