Five injured in bomb explosion in Tanzania's coastal Tanga region

Five injured in bomb explosion in Tanzania
# 17 January 2015 04:03 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Five people were injured on Thursday night after a hand grenade exploded inside a cinema hall at Amboni on the outskirts of Tanzania's Indian Ocean coastal city of Tanga, police said on Friday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"The grenade exploded on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. local time when a huge crowd was watching a movie," Tanga regional police commander Fraser Kashai said, adding that police were holding one suspect for questioning.

The explosion occurred almost a week after police in Tanzania's northern coastal region of Tanga seized 475 dynamite explosives and arrested one suspect in connection with the haul.

Kashai told a news conference that when people were watching a movie an unidentified person was seen throwing an object which exploded with a loud bang, sending shockwaves to residents in the area.

"The person who threw the object suspected to be a hand grenade vanished immediately," said Kashai.

He said the explosion sent residents in the area running away from their houses in fear of more explosions.

The area with a population of 10,000 turned into a ghost town when its pubs and entertainment centers vacated, at least temporarily.

The Tanga regional defense and security committee under the chair of the regional commissioner Magalula Saidi Magalula held a lengthy meeting on Friday to deliberate on the explosion.

In 2013 and 2014, dynamite was used in Arusha and Zanzibar in terror attacks in which scores of people were killed.

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