Sabahi (Washington, DC)

24 September 2013

Tanzania Investigating Al-Shabaab Threats

Tanzanian security forces are investigating alleged al-Shabaab threats that have appeared on websites and social media in the past few days.

"I cannot disclose what kind of investigation we are conducting because that is our secret, but we are aware of the threats and already we have mounted an investigation," Director of Criminal Investigations Robert Manumba told the press in Dar es Salaam Monday (September 23rd).

Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Pereira Silima told Sabahi Tuesday that Tanzania is well prepared and alert.

"It is true we have received that information about the threats from these terrorist groups, but as a government we are prepared," he said. "We are not afraid of al-Qaeda or al-Shabaab. As a government we are ready to defend our people and no one should be worried. The government is there and well prepared for whatever happens."

Spokesperson for Tanzania People's Defence Forces Major Eric Komba also said Monday that the army was "alert and ready to defend Tanzanians' lives" if anything happens.

Police spokeswoman Advera Senso urged citizens to report anything suspicious.

"We have embarked on a security sensitisation drive in border regions through which foreigners with evil intentions pass. The public needs to know what should be done and when," Senso said.

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