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Detainee Denies Knowledge of Attack on US Embassy

The man charged with delivering the explosives for the attack on a Tanzanian U.S. Embassy denies he had any knowledge of his role in the bombing.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani apologized to the families of those injured or killed in the attack and also to the U.S. government in a hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he is being detained. He admitted to his involvement, but said he was ignorant of the plan to attack.

According to the Pentagon's transcripts of the hearing, Ghailani said he was told the explosives were soap and after he delivered them to the bombing site, that they were explosives for mining diamonds in Somalia.

Ghailani participated in one of two simultaneous attacks on U.S. foreign embassies in Dar de Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya in August of 1998. More than 200 people were killed in the attacks. Eleven of those deaths were a result of the explosion in Tanzania.

Check out AP coverage in the Star Tribune and the Reuters.com coverage.