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Two police officers, gunman die in Dar es Salaam shooting

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[The gunman of Somali origin approaching the French Embassy in Dar es Salaam. Photo/Courtesy].

An assailant and two police officers were killed on Wednesday following a shooting incident near the Embassy of France in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

According to Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro, the forces killed the assailant near the French Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, sending panic and fear among locals and motorists along the Al Hassan Mwinyi road.

Security forces were involved in the shootout at the Embassy located along the Alin Hassan Mwinyi road in Dar-es-salaam.

Earlier the US Embassy issued a quick alert to its citizens before the incident, further warning its citizens in Dar- es Salaam to immediately stop using the Al Hassan Mwinyi road.

Inspector-General of Police Simon Sirro has announced that the attacker of Somali origin killed two police officers before he was accosted by security agencies and killed.

The attacker was once seen directing vehicles using the Al Hassan Mwinyi road to pass while standing right in front of the French Embassy.

Security threat

“The motive for the attack and the identity of the assailant remains unclear since there have been no reports of any additional assailants or an ongoing threat in the area,” said Mr. Sirro.

Security has been heightened in the area surrounding the French Embassy and officials may close nearby roads to carry out thorough investigations to unleash the motive behind the attack.

Business and Embassy disruptions are also likely in the impacted area that also hosts various embassies.

According to experts, Dar es Salaam has not experienced a major terrorist attack since the 1998 US Embassy bombing, and the port city is likely to face credible threats due to the risk emanating from nearby countries, including armed groups operating in northern Mozambique and Somalia.