Business was not as usual Wednesday 25th/ 08/ 2021 near the French Embassy along Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as an unknown gunman went on a shooting rampage. Civilians were seen scampering for safety, as they fled for their lives unaware of what had ensued. Eyewitnesses speaking to Mwanzo TV after the incident, reveal that the gunman walked along the road to where the embassy is situated, holding two guns. The man was also captured in amateur videos by eyewitnesses, where he was chanting what could not be heard clearly, as he walked down the road shooting at different intervals.
Eyewitnesses say the gunman who was said to be operating alone, appeared to be shooting mainly at police officials, with little interest in civilians. The shooting caused alarm leading to the United States Embassy sending out a security alert warning U.S citizens to avoid the area of the incident.
Tanzania’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Simon Sirro, has confirmed the incident, saying that the gunman has been shot dead, adding that two security officials who were trying to contain the assailant have also lost their lives. The motive of the gunman is still unknown