Albright to escort 10 embassy dead in flight to Andrews Clinton to preside today over ceremony at base

August 13, 1998|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

LANDSHUT, Germany -- "I am bringing home 10 very brave Americans," Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright said here last night as she prepared to fly home with the bodies of 10 of the 12 Americans killed in the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

Albright was to depart nearby Ramstein Air Base early today in C-17 military transport with the flag-draped coffins of the 10 dead. President Clinton plans to greet the plane after its arrival at Andrews Air Force Base.

She spoke after visiting eight Kenyan employees of the State Department and an American staff member who are in the U.S. military hospital here for injuries suffered in the bombing.

"I expressed President Clinton's best wishes and support to them and said we would do everything we could, not only for them but for all Kenyans, Tanzanians and Americans who were hurt," she said at the entrance to the Landshut Regional Medical Center as night fell.

Ten people were killed in an almost simultaneous explosion near the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Friday.

At the hospital, Albright did not allow photographers or reporters to follow her through the wards, apparently so as not to subject the injured to additional trauma.

Earlier yesterday, the body of Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Sherry Lynn Olds of Panama City, Fla., was flown to Dover Air Force Base, Del., at the request of her family, military officials said. The 12th American casualty of the bombing, Jean Dalizu, was to be buried in Kenya, her husband's home.

Six of the seven Americans medically evacuated to the United States Wednesday before Albright's arrival went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. The seventh was transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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