Associated Press

The recent attack on Kenya’s Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is the deadliest terrorist attack in Kenya since the 1998 truck bombing of the U.S. Embassy, which killed more than 200 people.

On Aug. 7, 1998, al-Qaida carried out simultaneous attacks in the East African cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. Between 10:30 and 10:40 am trucks loaded with explosives and parked outside of the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi detonated killing hundreds of people.

This photo gallery recapping some of the events of that tragic day 15 years ago.

Bombing in Nairobi, Kenya

Damaged cars and debris cover the ground outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday Aug. 7, 1998, after a huge bomb explosion ripped apart a building and damaged the American Embassy in background. -- Sayyid Azim

Rescue workers try to clear debris with heavy machinery Friday night, Aug. 7, 1998, of the four-story Ufundi Cooperative building which collapsed towards the American Embassy, left. Terrorist bombs exploded minutes apart outside the U.S. embassies in both Kenya and Tanzania. -- Sayyid Azim

People walk past the bomb damaged Co-Operative Bank House following an explosion in Nairobi, Friday, Aug. 7, 1998. -- Khalil Senosi

This Aug. 8, 1998, file photo shows the United States Embassy, left, and other damaged buildings in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, the day after terrorist bombs in Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. -- Dave Caulkin

Cars burn in the parking lot outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Aug.7, 1998, after a huge explosion ripped apart a building and heavily damaged the embassy. -- Sayyid Azim

Damaged vehicles and shattered glass cover the ground in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Aug. 7, 1998. -- Sayyid Azim

Thousands of Kenyans mourn and pray at the Uhuru Park in Nairobi Sunday, Aug. 9, 1998, for the victims of the bombing of the U.S. embassy last Friday. A car bomb detonated Friday near the embassy killing at least 190, including 11 Americans (1 American missing), and wounding more than 4,000, of whom 542 were hospitalized, 25 of them in critical condition. -- Sayyid Azim

Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi, foreground, views the devastation around the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi Sunday, August 9, 1998. -- David Caulkin)

A U.S. Marine officer stands guard outside the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. -- Sayyid Azim

Young Kenyans join in a peace vigil in Central Nairobi Monday, Aug. 10, 1998, near the American Embassy and the Ufundi House. -- John McConnico

Unidentified U.S. soldiers carry an unidentified coffin of a victim out of a C-141 'Starlifter', early Tuesday morning, August 11,1998, at the Ramstein Airbase in Germany. -- Axel Seideman

A Kenyan soldier prepares to raise the United States flag outside Ufundi House, central Nairobi, Wednesday Aug. 12, 1998, where a short ceremony was held to commemorate the victims of the embassy bombing. -- Dave Caulkin

An unidentified man lays flowers at the US Embassy bombing memorial site in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. People gathered at he memorial site to mark the 15-year anniversary of the 1998 embassy bombing which killed 219 people and injured thousands more, and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network claimed responsibility for the bombing. -- Khalil Senosi

A photo of the U.S. Embassy in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday, March 22, 1999. The embassy, was demolished and replaced by a memorial garden in honor of the victims of the Aug. 7, 1998, bombing which killed 213 people. -- Khalil Senosi

Bombing in Tanzania

Smoke rises from the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in this frame grabe from television, after a car bomb exploded outside it Friday Aug. 7 1998. -- APTV

One day after the bomb blast, a U.S. ballistics investigator looks for clues as he examines the burned-out wreakage of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania in a residential neighborhood of the capital Dar es Salaam Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998. -- Brennan Linsley)

One day after the bomb blast exploded on the compound of the U.S. Embassy to Tanzania, a nurse watches over patients in a ward set aside for those wounded in the bombing at the Muhimbili Medical Center in the capital Dar es Salaam Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998. -- Brennan Linsley

One day after a bomb blast exploded on the compound of the U.S. Embassy to Tanzania, a Tanzanian Army soldier helps keep watch over the burned-out building wreakage, in the capital Dar es Salaam Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998. -- Brennan Linsley

On the day of the burial of Bakari Nyumbu, a guard at the U.S. Embassy killed in last Friday's bombing, female family members say Muslim prayers for him in front of Nyumbu's house in the Tandale suburb of the capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday, Aug. 10, 1998. On Monday afternoon, Nyumbu's body was released for burial by the FBI, who are analyzing the dead looking for clues into the bombing. Muslim tradition in Tanzania dictates that women not attend funeral ceremonies, thus women must reserve mourning and praying for the home. -- Brennan Linsley

The coffin containing the body of Bakari Nyumbu, who was killed in last Friday's U.S. Embassy bombing while he was on duty as an embassy guard, is passed into a grave beneath a blanket inscibed with Koranic writing, during a traditional Muslim burial ceremony, in the Tandale suburb of the capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Monday, Aug. 10, 1998. -- Brennan Linsley

Tanzanian President Benjamin Nkapa, left, and Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi meet Thursday Aug. 13, 1998 at a airport in Nairobi, Kenya. -- Sayyid Azim

Acting U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, John Lange addresses U.S. soldiers who stand at attention, shortly after a flag was raised, at half mast, marking the opening of the new temporary U.S. embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Friday, Aug. 14, 1998. -- Brennan Linsley