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Churches targeted in bomb attacks in Tanzania comment (0)

March 13, 2014


ZANZIBAR, Tanzania — Suspected Islamic extremists bombed three church buildings on Tanzania’s semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar in February, with one of the blasts injuring several Christians, sources said.

A bomb exploded near the door of the Evangelistic Assemblies of God Zanzibar church building Feb. 23 in Kijito Upele-Fuoni, outside Zanzibar City, just before the end of the service at about 1:15 p.m., according to an area Christian leader.

 “Several people had minor injuries from broken pieces of bottles and metallic objects,” a church member said. “The extent of the injuries has not been established. The members were only complaining of pains and were advised to seek medical attention.”

Police from Fuoni began investigating, and officers arrived and collected the broken metallic and glass pieces. Liquids in some of the bottles turned out to be highly acidic. 

On Feb. 24 at about 2 p.m., another bomb exploded at the entrance of Christ Church Cathedral, an Anglican church building in the historic city center known as Stone Town. Anglican officials said the bomb, detonated remotely, did no damage to the structure.

Police have arrested one person in connection with the bomb attack; his name was not released at press time.

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