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The United States (US) embassy in Tanzania has issued a security alert to its citizens, warning them to take safety measures in preparation for a speculated attack in the country’s central city, Dar es Salaam.

The attack which up till now has no substantiated evidence backing it up, is projected to take place in major areas of tourists attraction.

“There are rumours of impending attacks in the Masaki area of Dar es Salaam, specifically at hotels and restaurants frequented by tourists, and at Slipway Shopping Centre on the Msasani Peninsula,” the embassy warns in a tweet.

However, irrespective of the uncertainty of the event or a time frame mentioned of when this attack is likely to occur, the Tanzania police force have claimed to be on top of the case, and are not taking it as a mere warning.

“It’s news like any other news, it might be true or false, but we don’t ignore it,”  Simon Sirro, the Inspector General of police said.

Consequently, the authorities will be taking required measures to ensure safety, in order to prevent another case of a bomb attack. In 1998, Al-Qaeda, a terrorist group detonated a bomb in the US embassy of 2 East African countries, Kenya and Tanzania.

This attack in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam which claimed over 200 lives calls for a lot of precautionary measures to avoid a similar case. The US proffering safety measures has warned citizens to be vigilant of their surroundings, avoid crowded gathering, stay connected to the media for following updates, and remain at alert especially in tourist visited locations.


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