A heavily armed gunman fatally shot four police officers and a security guard in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, near a French embassy building. Police later killed the man, whose target and motive were not immediately clear.
Six people were injured in addition to the four who were killed, police commissioner of operations and training Liberatus Sabas said in a Tweet shared by the account of the Tanzanian Police Force.
Inspector-General of Police Simon Sirro said in an interview aired on local television that police were trying to identify the attacker. While the motive was not yet known, Sirro suggested the attack could be related to Tanzania’s role in neighbouring Mozambique, where it sent troops this month to help fight Islamist insurgents as part of a regional security force.
The officers and one civilian working with a private security company were on Wednesday gunned down by a man identified as Hamza Hassan Mohamed.
It has now been revealed that one of the police officers who were killed in the attack was a father of one. His wife told the media that before his death, they had been together for four years and had welcomed a baby.
On a material day, the officer told his wife that he was heading to his work area but was feeling tired and that he had a bad feeling.
The officer then responded by asking his wife to put God first before everything. He also wished that God protects his wife and help her achieve everything she was doing.
“Kauli ya mara ya mwisho aliyoniachia wakati anaondoka anakwenda kazini jana kwanza aliniambia amechoka alafu anajisikia vibaya nikamwambia pole kazi njema akaniambia Mke wangu Mungu akutangulie kila unachokifanya ufanikiwe, hiyo ndio kauli aliyoiacha,” the wife tells Millard Ayo, which loosely translates to
(His last words came when he was heading to work, he told me he was tired and not feeling good. He also wished me the best of luck and God’s protection)
Another youthful police officer who was also killed in the attack was in his 20s. He was still a bachelor. His father tells Millard Ayo that he did not even have a child
SGA Security, which describes itself as a major security services provider in East Africa, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The French embassy in Dar es Salaam could not immediately be reached for comment and French foreign ministry officials in Paris were not available.