Tanzania: Gunman kills 4 near French Embassy

Police are searching for a motive to ascertain whether the shooting was an isolated event or part of a larger threat

A lone gunman killed three police officers and a private security guard before being slain. Police say they don’t yet have a motive in the shooting.

Armed men in front of the French Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Police are searching for a motive to ascertain whether the shooting was an isolated event or part of a larger threat

A lone gunman killed three police officers and a private security contractor outside the French Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Wednesday.

“It’s too early to conclude that this is terrorism as we still investigate the motives,” said Head of Police Operations Liberatus Sabas. “Residents should remain calm as we investigate the matter.”

Authorities say the perpetrator shot and killed two police officers with a pistol at a nearby intersection. He then walked several hundred meters to the French Embassy with rifles he had taken from the slain officers, to kill one more officer and a security guard before he himself was killed by police.

Eyewitnesses say the man fired at random before occupying a guard house in front of the embassy where a police sniper shot and killed him but not before he had injured six more people.

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