Tanzania: Police Kill Three Terror Suspects

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Three suspected terrorists have been killed by Tanzanian police in the northern town of Arusha.

The suspects were shot dead by officers during an exchange of fire, after the trio tried to escape, according to police. Arusha regional police commander, Liberatus Sabas, confirmed their deaths on Tuesday.

 

Interrogations, shootings

Sabas revealed one of the suspects – identified as Athumani Ramadhani – had already been arrested before he and his two accomplices were shot dead by officers. Ramadhani was being interrogated under custody when he admitted to not being alone in the area and the police were able to track his two allies down.

Somewhere in the process, Ramadhani and his two accomplices were able to resist arrest and open fire on the officers before they were killed in the gunfight, according to Sabas.

“One of those killed has been identified as Athumani Ramadhani. He was initially arrested at Engo-Sheraton area in Sinon ward after he was suspected of being a criminal,” he said.

“After interrogation, he mentioned his two accomplices who were tracked down. The trio were killed when they resisted arrest and tried to dodge the police,” the police commander added.

 

Ammunition, military gear seized

Sabas says officers found AK-47s and 18 rounds of ammunition at one of the suspects’ homes. Military uniforms, masks, mobile phones and a motorcycle were also said to have been found. The suspects were singled out after they were spotted carrying flags with Arabic inscriptions commonly carried by Islamist militant groups.

In April last year, police in Morogoro seized explosives, detonators and other military equipment alongside a black flag carried by Somali-based terror group Al-Shabaab. Terror alerts were raised in the country’s capital Dar es Salaam and the tourist town of Arusha as a result.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.