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Tanzanian Police Search for Armed Somali Bandits


Tanzanian paramilitary police are searching for about 12 Somali bandits hiding in forests in the northern Ngorongoro District following their attacks on Tanzanian villagers last Sunday, which left two people dead and several others injured.

The Guardian newspaper Wednesday quoted Arusha Regional Commissioner Daniel ole Njoolay as saying that the government has sent reinforcements in the area.

Refusing to disclose the number of forces deployed in the area, the commissioner stressed that the government will ensure that the Somali bandits be tracked down and brought to justice.

The armed bandits attacked a vehicle travelling from Sonjo Village to Wasco Village for a cattle auction on Sunday morning.

An old man in the car was hit by a stray bullet and died instantly.

Other passengers in the vehicle scattered in the bush to save their lives.

The bandits hijacked the driver and took him deep inside the bush where the police later discovered his body with bullet wounds.

The Somalis robbed his money but abandoned the car. For more than two years, the Somali bandits have been launching attacks on villages in Ngorongoro and Monduli districts by crossing the border from Kenya.

The attacks, which seem to have baffled the police completely, have resulted in the deaths of scores of innocent Tanzanians and the pillage of cash and property.


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