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Sudan Says Removal From A US Terror Blacklist Imminent

FILE PHOTO: Israeli soldiers specialising in rescue operations arrive at the scene of the bomb blast in Nairobi August 8, 1998. /REUTERS/George Mulala

Sudan’s foreign minister said Tuesday that her country is nearing a deal with Washington to compensate the families of victims of deadly 1998 embassy bombings, paving the way to Khartoum’s removal from a US terror blacklist.

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Massive, nearly simultaneous blasts at the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in August 1998 together killed 224 people and injured around 5,000, almost all of them Africans.

Al-Qaeda claimed the attacks, but the US accused Khartoum of aiding jihadists linked to the bombers and retaliated by destroying a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory in Sudan which it claimed was producing a nerve agent.

Washington has since demanded compensation for the American victims’ families, placed Sudan on a blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and imposed crippling sanctions.

But Sudan’s Foreign Minister Asma Abdalla said on Tuesday that “the final touches of a settlement with victims of (the bombings) are being finalised.”

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