President Obama releases statement on 15th anniversary of embassy bombings

The White House released a statement by U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday on the 15th anniversary of embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.

Wednesday marked the 15th anniversary of al-Qaeda's terrorist attacks against U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The attack killed innocent Africans and Americans alike and wounded more than 5,000 people.

"On this day, we honor the families of the twelve Americans who lost their lives, and we join with the people and governments of Kenya and Tanzania honoring the sacrifices of the African victims of this heinous act, which killed over 200 and wounded over 5,000," Obama said.

Obama recounted his visit to Dar es Salaam in July to pay tribute to the victims and meet with some of the survivors of the attack at a memorial to the fallen. He said the U.S. remains steadfast in protecting American men and women overseas while working with partners to combat violent extremism in East Africa, throughout the region and in the world at large.

"We continue to stand with our East African partners to bring terrorists to justice and will carry on our efforts to prevent these attacks in the future," Obama said. "On this day of remembrance, we extend our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of those killed and wounded in the 1998 attack, and we join with our friends and partners in East Africa and around the globe in honoring their memory by building a safer, more secure, and more prosperous world."