DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli on Friday mourned eight young policemen
killed by gunmen on Thursday night, saying it was a huge loss to
the East African nation.
The eight policemen were shot
dead by an unknown group of gunmen at Jaribu Mpakani in Coast
region while they were returning from patrols.
The gunmen also made away with unspecified number of firearms
from the slain policemen.
The policemen were ambushed in their vehicle as they were
travelling along Dar es Salaam-Lindi highway. One of their
colleagues was injured and rushed to hospital where his
condition was described as improving.
In his message of condolence, Magufuli said:
"They were killed as they were serving the nation."
Meanwhile, police said they killed four of the gunmen and
recovered four firearms, including one snatched from the slain
policemen, in the early hours of Friday.
Nsato Mssanzya, a police commissioner responsible for
investigations and training, said the police have launched a
manhunt for the gunmen, adding:
"We will arrest all of them dead or alive."
The Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance also
condemned the killings of the policemen, saying records showed
that there had been a tidal wave of killings of policemen in
Coast region since 2015.