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At least 200 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured following explosions at United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
The bombings took place within minutes of each other at around 1030 local time.
No one has claimed responsibility but US officials suspect the attacks were the work of Osama bin Laden, an Islamic Muslim fundamentalist.
The first blast happened in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam and the second, just five minutes later, in Nairobi, Kenya's capital city.
The Nairobi explosiondemolisheda five-story office block sending it crashing onto the embassy next door.
The US Ambassador Prudence Bushnell was meeting Kenyan Trade Minister Joseph Kamotho at the nearby Ufundi Cooperative Bank at the time but was only slightly injured.
The blast could be heard 10 miles (16km) away and caused total chaos in the city centre.
Rufus Drabble, from the British High Commission, said there was a cloud of thick smoke over the city and helicoptershoveredoverhead.
The US embassy was extensively damaged and its bomb-proof doors were ripped off. Two passing buses were also wrecked.
Volunteers worked furiously to pull survivors from the rubble and cranes have been brought in to free people who are trapped at the bomb site.
There was also widespread devastation in Dar es Salaam, where a BBC correspondent said the embassy reception area had been destroyed.
Survivor Jim Owens said the blast at the Tanzanian embassy threw him back about five feet (1.5m).
He said: "The cuts I have do not look that bad but they bledprofusely.
"They bled over my glasses so I couldn't see as I was walking around the smoke-filled embassy."
US President Bill Clinton has condemned the attacks as "abhorrent" and said every effort would be made to catch the bombers.
He said that the US was sending counter-terrorism experts and medical teams to the region. A team of US marines is also flying there to bolster security along with FBI agents.
"These acts of terrorist violence areabhorrent, they are inhuman," Mr Clinton said at the White House press conference.
"We will use all the means at our disposal to bring those responsible to justice," he added.
Mr Clinton said flags at all US government buildings would be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to the victims.