Tanzania: Man Arrested at Mwanza Airport on Suspicion of Involvement in Terrorism

    A man is believed to have been arrested at Mwanza International Airport, in northwestern Tanzania, on 24 December on suspicion of involvement in terrorism. The 37-year-old man was undergoing a standard security check for an evening flight to Dar es Salaam.

    According to a detailed report and photographs circulating in social media chat groups, the man was carrying the expired Tanzania People’s Defence Force identity card of a man he claimed was his brother, and a small amount of Mozambican currency.  Two mobile phones also in his possession contained pictures of battlefield atrocities.

    Curiously, the lock screen of one device was a picture of Tanzania’s Chief of Defence Forces, General Venance Mabeyo. The man was reportedly taken to Mwanza Central Police Station for further questioning.


    Evarist Chahali

    Evarist Chahali

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