Police officers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania have shot and killed a gunman who was on a shooting spree along the Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road from the Selanda Bridge area.
He was allegedly roaming the streets while wielding two assault rifles with city dwellers at his mercy.
Reports say commuters along Oyesterbay-Upanga area were forced to abandon their cars and scamper for safety.
The Selanda Bridge area, which borders Upanga and Oysterbay is home to residents of foreign missions such as the French, Japanese, Kenyan and Russian embassies.
The incident happened just hours after the Inspector-General of Police Simon Sirro assured Tanzanians that crime had dropped by 12 per cent.
While speaking on Wednesday at a workshop for regional police commanders and officers in Dar es Salaam, Sirro said statistics show that crime is on the decline.
He stated that between July 2020 and June 2021, the number of offences reported to police stations was 49,508, compared to 56,397 over a similar same period between 2019 and 2020. The motive behind the attacker’s shooting spree remains unknown as at press time.
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