Two police officers were killed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday (25/8) after a gunman opened fire in a heavily fortified area where several missions abroad, including the French embassy, were located.
However, the suspected Somali attacker was shot dead by security officers in front of the French embassy.
Videos posted on social media indicates suspected attacker was hold two rifles indiscriminately opening fire on the road of Ali Hassan Mwinyi, nearer to overseas missions such as the French embassy, Japanese embassy, Kenyan embassy and Russian embassy closer to financial institutions.
Tanzanian Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Siro, who confirmed the incident, said investigations are far advance to determine the identity and motive of the attacker.
“As seen from the short video circulating on social media, our police managed to shoot him, he was holding an SMG,” he said.
Local Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen quoted an eyewitness as saying the man arrived at the bank’s headquarters and went straight to the police shed where two two police officers were and shot them at point blank range before taking their guns.
Drivers in the normally peaceful Oysterbey/Upanga area have to abandon their cars and run for safety. The motive for the attack is still not known. One may think that the man had psychological challenges.