Tanzania Shooting: Police Chief Says Motive Not Known Yet But Suggests Attack Could Be Related To Islamist Insurgency In Mozambique

    A gunman has killed four people during a shooting rampage in the diplomatic quarter of Tanzania largest city, Dar es Salaam.
    Three police officers and a private security guard were fatally shot in the attack on Wednesday.
    The assailant was later shot dead while holed up in a guardhouse at the French embassy’s gate.
    Inspector-General of Police Simon Sirro said the motive is not yet known but suggested the attack could be related to Tanzania‘s role in fighting Islamists in Mozambique.
    Tanzanian troops were sent to the neighbouring country earlier this month to combat the insurgency as part of a regional security force.
    Mr Sirro said in an interview aired on local television: “There are problems, our soldiers are there.”
    He also said police are working to identify the Dar es Salaam attacker.
    Reports circulating on social media named the assailant as Hassan Mohammed Hamza, a Tanzanian of Somali descent.
    Evarist Chahali

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