Africa Bombing: Suspects in Name Only

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NAIROBI: Don't set too much store by reports that "suspects" have been held in connection with last week's embassy bombing. "They've made a broad sweep of people deemed 'suspicious' -- often simply because of their Arab origins -- but none of them have actually been arrested," says TIME reporter Clive Mutiso. "They are, in official parlance, simply 'assisting the police with inquiries.' If the authorities had evidence linking them directly to the bombing, they would be likely to have arrested them by now." Mutiso reports that while investigators are making progress, solving the crime remains some way off.

Even if authorities do ultimately arrest the suspects in custody, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to bring to justice everyone responsible for the bombing. "A professional terrorist operation is usually compartmentalized," explains TIME correspondent Douglas Waller. "Many of those involved have no idea of the identity of the people on either side of them in the chain, let alone of the author of the attack."