A man killed three policemen and a security guard during an attack on a diplomatic neighbourhood in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday (25.08). The attacker was shot dead after hiding in a guardhouse by the gate of the French embassy.

Six people were injured, according to the Tanzanian police chief of operations Liberatus Sabas. The still-unidentified man was removed from the embassy guardhouse by a group of police officers

The attacker first fired at two agents who were at an intersection in the diplomatic quarter, police said. Afterwards, he took the weapons of the dead agents and headed towards the French embassy, 100 meters away, having then sought shelter in the building’s guardhouse.

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Twitter that the man has been “neutralized” and “calm has been restored”. “I send my condolences to the police and the families of the three agents and the guard of the SGA company, who lost their lives after the attack in the Salenda area of Dar es Salaam,” wrote Hassan.

Police Inspector General Simon Sirro said in an interview on local television that the reason for the attack was not yet known, although he suspected a link to the sending of Tanzanian troops to help fight insurgents in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado. “There are problems, our soldiers are there,” commented Siro.

Operations chief Liberatus Sabas told reporters it was too early to know whether the sniper was a Tanzanian or linked to terrorist groups.

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