Zanzibar mosque bombing kills one, wounds seven

Attackers targeted the worshippers who had just heard a sermon by preachers from mainland Tanzania calling for peace

Zanzibar mosque bombing kills one, wounds seven

World Bulletin/News Desk

A bomb explosion killed one person and wounded at least seven in front of a mosque near Zanzibar's capital Stone Town, police said on Saturday.

Tanzania's Indian Ocean archipelago, famed for its white-sand beaches and historic buildings, has been hit by a series of bomb attacks over the past year, targeting mosques, churches and restaurants.

"Unknown assailants threw a hand-made explosive device from a passing car as worshippers emerged from a mosque in the Darajani area on Friday night," Zanzibar police spokesman Mohammed Mhina told Reuters by phone.

"One person was killed and seven were injured."

Mhina said the attackers targeted the worshippers who had just heard a sermon by preachers from mainland Tanzania calling for peace.

Zanzibar is a growing headache for the Tanzanian government because of mounting sectarian tensions.

"No suspects have been arrested so far. An investigation is underway to determine who carried out the latest attack and what their motives were," said Mhina.

 

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