TZ beefs up security amidst renewed terror threats


Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister, Mathias Chikawe says the government is taking threats seriously.

For the second time in a fortnight, Tanzania is dialling up its terror alert and ramping up security as Somalia-based terror group al-Shabaab threatens attacks in the country’s two major cities Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.

Mathias Chikawe, Home Affairs Minister said today the government is reinforcing security across the country to protect citizens against terror related acts.

Without divulging specifics the minister said the government is not underestimating new threats although their exact source is not yet identified, “there would be no details to give to the media, but we’re ready to protect our citizens.” Chikawe said

These threats have been swirling on social media since Friday and have generated panic and debate al-Shabaab’s recent attack at Garissa University in Kenya that claimed almost 150 lives.

Dar es Salaam and Mwanza plot also indicates Uganda would be simultaneously attacked although no specific location is identified yet.

These threats come barely days after Uganda’s Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura announced authorities in Uganda had received similar threats targeting public places and schools.

The US government has been warning all East African countries in recent weeks of possible terror attacks targeting places frequented by Americans and westerners.

Tanzania Police has warned citizens against congregating in public places for the time being.
The police also urge people to be extra vigilant while using public and private transportation and while having fun at hangout places like night clubs.