A gunman has killed three police officers and a private security guard at a diplomatic quarter of Tanzania’s main city Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.
He was later shot dead while holed up in a guardhouse at the French Embassy’s gate.
Videos on the internet showed the gunman inside the guardhouse. He exchanged fire at very close range with police and men who appeared to be embassy guards.
According to police, the attacker had first shot two police officers with a pistol at an intersection in the district, which houses a number of diplomatic missions. He took rifles from the fallen police officers, and headed on foot to the French embassy a few hundred metres away, firing randomly and occupying the guard house.
Commenting on the incident, President Samia Suluhu Hassan in a twitter post said the attacker had been “neutralised” and “calm has returned”.
She said, “I send my condolences to the police service and the families of three policemen, and one officer of the SGA security company, who lost their lives after an armed person attacked them in the Salenda area of Dar es Salaam.”
Meanwhile, police commissioner of operations and training Liberatus Sabas in a Tweet shared by the Tanzanian Police Force disclosed that six people were injured in addition to the four who were killed.