Attack near the French embassy in Tanzania: four dead and six wounded

A gunman killed three policemen and a private security guard in a rampage in a diplomatic neighborhood of Tanzania’s main city, Dar es Salaam, on Wednesday, before being shot and killed while hiding in a guardhouse in the French embassy door.

Online videos, apparently filmed by onlookers from buildings across the street from the French embassy, ​​showed the gunman inside the guardhouse. He exchanged shots at close range with policemen and men who appeared to be embassy guards.

Police said the attacker had first shot two police officers with a pistol at an intersection in the district, which is home to several diplomatic missions. He took the rifles of the fallen policemen and walked to the French embassy a few hundred meters away, firing at random and occupying the guardhouse.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Twitter that the attacker had been “neutralized” and “calm has returned.”

“I send my deepest condolences to the police service and to the families of three policemen and an officer from the security company SGA, who lost their lives after an armed person attacked them in the Salenda area of ​​Dar es Salaam,” he said. Hassan.

Six people were injured in addition to the four who died, Police Operations and Training Commissioner Liberatus Sabas said in a tweet shared by the Tanzania Police account.

Police Inspector General Simon Sirro said in an interview broadcast on local television that police were trying to identify the attacker. While the motive was not yet known, Sirro suggested the attack could be related to Tanzania’s role in neighboring Mozambique, where it sent troops this month to help fight Islamist insurgents as part of a regional security force.

“There are problems, our soldiers are there,” Sirro said of Mozambique.

Police officer Sabas told reporters that it was too early to say whether the attacker was a citizen of Tanzania or had ties to terrorism.

Tanzanian television broadcast images showing police officers in bulletproof vests who appeared to be wrapping a body in front of the embassy in white material to remove it from the scene.

SGA Security, which describes itself as a major provider of security services in East Africa, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The French embassy in Dar es Salaam could not be immediately reached for comment and officials from the French Foreign Ministry in Paris were not available.

(REUTERS)

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