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The Mtwara police chief said that 11 suspected members of a Shabaab cell were arrested recently who had been undergoing terrorist training in a nearby forest. The outgoing US ambassador criticized the government's decision to ban two daily newspapers.
Police arrested two Pakistani nationals, Abutaha Hamza and Mohammed Alnems, at the Julius Nyerere International Airport as they were about to board a Nairobi-bound flight. The two men had forced their way onto the plane, and were later interrogated by Kenyan antiterrorism officials. President Jakaya Kikwete has expressed concern over the increasing terrorism in the region.
Police in Zanzibar arrested 15 people suspected of involvement in acid attacks; some of the suspects are said to be members of al Qaeda and its Somali affiliate, Shabaab. The Zanzibar police commissioner said some of the suspects were preparing to "take part in wars outside Tanzania." All 15 suspects are on police bail and the investigation is ongoing. Police also seized 29 liters of acid from people said to be possessing it illegally, including some of the suspects.
A Catholic priest in Zanzibar was hospitalized with burns to his face and body after an assailant threw acid on him as he was leaving an Internet cafe. He had been threatened during the past two months and had reported the threats. President Shein ordered police to expedite investigations into the rise in acid attacks; five such attacks have been reported since November. A moderate Muslim cleric who was attacked has blamed the Islamist group Uamsho. The government's chemical agency has vowed to crack down on chemical dealers due to the rising use of chemicals as ''weapons,'' but has been hampered by staff shortages.
The chief criminal investigator denied that the recent arrest of extremist cleric Ponda Issa Ponda is linked to an acid attack on two British schoolgirls last week. Ponda's family disputes the official account of his arrest and is conducting its own investigation. The Dar es Salaam police issued a reward for information leading to the arrest of persons involved in a series of acid attacks.
Sheikh Ponda Issa Ponda, who has been linked to a recent acid attack on two British schoolgirls, is in police custody in Dar es Salaam with a shoulder injury. Ponda was arrested two days ago for violating a bail condition prohibiting him from inciting unrest. Sheikh Alhad Mussa Salum, the Regional Sheikh for Dar es Salaam, which has a population of over 4 million, is demanding the removal of a local police commissioner, and an inquiry into Ponda's arrest. Salum last week defended plans to establish militias to guard mosques. Christian clerics and churches in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam have been attacked over the past year.
Sheikh Ponda Issa Ponda, an extremist cleric who has links with the Islamist group Uamsho and is thought to be behind a recent acid attack on two British girls, was shot by police but escaped. Authorities had called for the arrest of Ponda, the Secretary of the Council of Islamic Organisation, for disobeying a court order to refrain from inciting unrest. The Committee to Protect Journalists said Tanzanian journalists have not been able to report freely for the past eight years because of insecurity and fear of reprisals.
Two 18-year-old British girls who had been volunteering at a school in Zanzibar where injured when assailants threw acid on them. No arrests have been made, but Islamist militants are suspected. The Uamsho, a group that wants to impose sharia law in Zanzibar, has clashed with police in the past. Two Christian pastors were killed earlier this year in separate attacks but no suspects were named. The Committee to Protect Journalists noted at least 10 attacks against media personnel in Tanzania in the past year. A Christian news outlet reported earlier this summer that attacks on Christians have increased, and that pastors have received death threats and churches have been torched.
Authorities in the southern Mbeya region arrested Iqbal Ahsan Ali, a British man wanted by the UK on terrorism charges. He was carrying a fake Tanzanian passport along with a valid British one. A growing Islamist movement in Tanzania with links to Shabaab has authorities concerned.
Authorities arrested four Saudis and four Tanzanians suspected of involvement in a bomb attack Sunday on a church in Arusha in which two people were killed and 60 more injured. The four Saudis had arrived at an airport near Arusha on Saturday and were detained while trying to slip across the border into Kenya.
A bomb attack at a newly-built Catholic church in the northern town of Arusha killed one person and wounded at least 44 more. The attack occurred while the Vatican's ambassador to Tanzania was attending the official opening of the church, but he was not harmed. The bomb was thrown by a motorcyclist, who has been arrested.