The Embassy of the United States of America, in Tanzania has issued alerts regarding possible terrorists’ attacks targeting mostly Dar-es-salaam, which is the country’s biggest city and commercial hub.
The warning also states that suspected terrorists are likely to be hounding other metropolitan cities in further parts of the country.
Security organs here are however assure that they are always on red alert, and everything should be under control.
According to the dispatch from the US Embassy in Dar-es-salaam, attacks may aim at High traffic areas especially those frequented by Westerners in the City and similar hotspots in other major urban centers in Tanzania.
The above alert specifically mentions locations frequented by people or visitors from the United States.
“Tanzania continues to be an attractive target to terrorists planning to conduct attacks,” reads part of the alert statement.
“Terrorist groups could attack with little or no warning, targeting hotels, embassies, restaurants, malls and markets,” the Embassy advisory maintains.
It also mentions other public areas normally frequented by local Tanzanians such as police stations, places of worship including churches and mosques, as well as other places frequented by Westerners.
For more than 24 years now, Tanzania has never experienced any form of planned terrorists’ attacks.
In fact, the last time a serious incident was reported in the country was during the August 1998 simultaneous attacks on US Embassy offices in Nairobi and Dar-es-salaam.
It was reported that the bombing was executed by members of the Al Qaeda group. Eleven people were killed in Dar-es-salaam during the incident.
More than 200 other people in Kenya lost their lives during the Nairobi attack.
There were some bombing incidences in Arusha in 2013 that also claimed lives, but none were credited to terrorists, though it was highly suspected.
And briefly in September 2021 a lone gunman who was later identified as Hamza Mohamed, aged 33 and resident of Dar es Salaam caused unrest in the city as he launched into a shooting spree.
Mohamed was later shot dead by members of the security forces, after he killed four people, including three police officers.
The gunman was later discovered to have been very active online.
The late Hamza used to frequent website pages and other online content showing activities of terrorist organizations such as al-Shabab and ISIS.