Tanzania: Police Kill Three Terror Suspects
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.
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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