8 July 2014

Tanzania: Eight Injured in Restaurant Bombing in Arusha

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Police arrest two suspects in Arusha blast (file photo).

Eight people were wounded late Monday (July 7th) when unknown attackers hurled a bomb through the window of a restaurant popular with foreigners and wealthy locals in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, AFP reported.

"No one died but eight people were wounded, one is in a serious condition," Tanzanian Director of Criminal Investigations Isaya Mngulu said Tuesday. "It was an improvised explosive device thrown through a window."

Mngulu said all the wounded, who included two children, were Tanzanians.

The floor of the upscale Indian restaurant, Dhawa Café, in the centre of Arusha was covered in blood, with overturned chairs amid broken glass, an AFP reporter said.

No one has claimed responsibility, but two Tanzanian nationals were arrested following the attack, Mngulu said, giving no further details.

Tanzanian police said they did not believe al-Shabaab were to blame for the Arusha blast.

"We do not know who the attackers are, but we do not suspect any involvement with al-Shabaab," Mngulu said.

On April 15th, a bomb ripped through the Arusha Night Park bar while it was packed with patrons watching a football match, injuring at least 15 people. On May 30th, Tanzanian police arrested 16 suspected al-Shabaab members in connection with attacks in Arusha in the past year.

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