Tanzania: Three police officers, one private security officer killed in Dar es Salaam 

 

Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has condemned an attack which was carried out on Wednesday 25th August 2021 by an unidentified gunman in the nation’s economic capital Dar es Salaam which left three police officers and one private security officer dead alongside 6 people in critical condition, according to a state media report.

 

This is the first major incident occurring in the country six months after President Samia Suluhu Hassan was inaugurated to replace late President John Pombe Magufuli, who died of a heart attack in a Kenyan hospital.

 

 Simon Sirro, Tanzania’s Inspector General of Police, told the press that the attack occurred around the French Embassy and that investigations have been launched to identify the gunman. He also noted that the gunman’s motives would only be made known to the public after the police had completed their investigations.

 

President Hassan announced on her Twitter account that the gunman had been killed and that calm had returned to the area but regretted the loss of four compatriots whom she said will always be remembered as heroes of the nation  “I send my condolences to the police service and the families of three policemen, and one officer of the SGA security company, who lost their lives after an armed person attacked them in the Salenda area of Dar es Salaam,” she said on her Twitter handle.

 

She was on a visit to the economic capital when the sad incident occurred and has wished a speedy recovery to those injured and announced that her government will not relent efforts in fighting against insecurity in the country and also in putting an end to insurgency threats which have been reported in some parts of the country.

 

Last month, a minor incident was reported in a neighborhood in Dar es Salaam where a man killed his friend and also took his life but after an investigation, it was revealed by the police that the man who killed his friend had mental health issues and the police dismissed the suspicion of terrorism.

 

President Hassan last month came under heavy criticism from the United State and her allies over what they described as non-respect of democratic values following an arrest of the country’s main opposition leader Freeman who is currently facing financial crime charges and charges to destroy the country.

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