Gun-wielding attacker killed by police after shooting spree leaves 4 dead near French Embassy in Tanzania (VIDEOS)
Three police officers and a security guard have died in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, after a gunman went on a shooting spree in the city’s embassy district. The assailant was shot dead in the street outside the French Embassy.
A gunman has been shot dead by cops after opening fire near the French Embassy in Dar es Salaam, the Tanzanian Inspector General of Police (IGP) Simon Sirro told local media. He said the police were retracing the incident and attempting to identify the attacker.
— Ali Khimji (@KhimjiAli) August 25, 2021
Footage shared online purportedly shows the moment police fatally wounded the attacker after he appeared to try to engage a security guard in a firefight.
Local reports suggest the gunman approached Stanbic Bank’s Dar es Salaam headquarters in an area surrounded by foreign embassies, including those of Spain, Russia and France, before proceeding to a nearby police checkpoint. At this point he reportedly opened fire, killing two officers at close range.
VIDEO: A lone gunman carrying two automatic rifles who went on a shooting rampage near Stanbic Bank/French Embassy buildings in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam this morning, has been subdued by police officers after being shot in the middle of the road pic.twitter.com/kdMrBCBYlv
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A third police officer was also killed during the attacker’s spree, head of police operations Liberatus Sabas later confirmed to reporters. Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan later confirmed that a security guard was among the dead.
Natoa pole kwa Jeshi la Polisi na familia za Askari 3, na Askari 1 wa kampuni ya ulinzi ya SGA waliopoteza maisha baada ya mtu aliyekuwa na silaha kuwashambulia katika eneo la Salenda, Dar es Salaam.
Mtu huyo amedhibitiwa na hali ni shwari. Nawaagiza Polisi kuchunguza kwa kina.
— Samia Suluhu (@SuluhuSamia) August 25, 2021
He then apparently seized the officers’ weapons and continued to roam the streets. Road users in the normally quiet part of town were forced to abandon their vehicles and run for cover, and witnesses said gunshots could be heard ringing around the city.
😰😰😰😰 Dar es Salaam #Tanzania today at one of the most strategic and heavily guarded points in the commercial capital! 👉🏽 Salendar bridge!
So many questions but definitely down right SCARY pic.twitter.com/B3exXdHflq
— Maria Sarungi Tsehai (@MariaSTsehai) August 25, 2021
The US Embassy in Tanzania posted a security alert warning of an armed encounter outside the French embassy and advising American citizens to avoid the area.
No motive for the attack has been identified as of yet.
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Source:RT World News