DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua)
-- Tanzanian police chief said
Wednesday that foreign hands were behind the spate of
killings in the East African nation’s Coast region.
At least 40
people, including local leaders and police officers,
have been killed by assailants in Kibiti, Mkuranga and
Rufiji districts in Coast region since about two years
ago, sending shockwaves among residents in the area.
government will soon reveal the truth behind these
grisly killings,” Inspector General of Police (IGP)
Simon Sirro told a news conference in the commercial
capital Dar es Salaam.
preliminary investigations had revealed that the chief
mission of the involved foreigners was to instigate
civil strife in the country.
aware of this and we will not allow it to continue
happening,” said Sirro who was appointed recently by
President John Magufuli with the main task of ending the
Minister Kassim Majaliwa said recently that the
government was closing in on perpetrators of the spate
of killings of civilians and police officers.
said the state was currently filtering gathered
intelligence to get the real suspects behind the
Tanzanian police said they killed four of the assailants
during a four-hour fire exchange.
officers also seized two sub-machine guns, two magazines
and 17 rounds of ammunition from the killed assailants.
Magufuli said recently that the ongoing insecurity in
Coast region could erode investors’ confidence and stall
the industrialization drive.