The Tanzanian police announced that three of its members and a private security guard were killed by an armed gunman who opened fire in front of the French embassy in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic capital, before being shot dead by the police.
The chief of police operations in Tanzania, Liberatos Sabas, told reporters that the motives of the attacker were still unknown, noting that six other people were injured.
“It is too early to determine whether it was a terrorist attack, we are still investigating the motives,” he added, urging citizens “to remain calm while we investigate this case.”
For its part, the “SITE” Center, which specializes in monitoring terrorist websites, said on Wednesday evening that ISIS-linked media confirmed the occurrence of an “attack on the French embassy” in Dar es Salaam, carried out by a Somali man, but without any claim issued by any party.
When contacted by Agence France-Presse, the French Foreign Ministry made no comment.
For his part, US Ambassador Donald J. Wright tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims of this “futile” attack, and expressed his gratitude to “the security forces who put an end to the massacre.”