| DAR ES SALAAM, June 14
DAR ES SALAAM, June 14 A bomb explosion killed
one person and wounded at least seven in front of a mosque near
Zanzibar's capital Stone Town, police said on Saturday.
Tanzania's Indian Ocean archipelago, famed for its
white-sand beaches and historic buildings, has been hit by a
series of bomb attacks over the past year, targeting mosques,
churches and restaurants.
"Unknown assailants threw a hand-made explosive device from
a passing car as worshippers emerged from a mosque in the
Darajani area on Friday night," Zanzibar police spokesman
Mohammed Mhina told Reuters by phone.
"One person was killed and seven were injured."
Mhina said the attackers targeted the worshippers who had
just heard a sermon by preachers from mainland Tanzania calling
Zanzibar is a growing headache for the Tanzanian government
because of mounting sectarian tensions.
Many Muslims living along Tanzania's coast feel marginalised
by the secular government, providing fertile recruitment grounds
for Islamist groups such as al Shabaab, which operates in
Somalia further north on Africa's east coast.
"No suspects have been arrested so far. An investigation is
underway to determine who carried out the latest attack and what
their motives were," said Mhina.
In February, homemade bombs went off near an Anglican
cathedral and a restaurant popular with tourists on the
semi-autonomous and mainly Muslim islands. There were no
Last year a Roman Catholic priest was attacked with acid and
two men threw a corrosive liquid over two British teenagers in
Zanzibar, attacks that marred its image as a tourist-friendly
In mainland Tanzania, two bomb attacks last year in Arusha,
a popular destination for Western tourists in the north, killed
five people, while another in April wounded 15.
(Reporting Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Editing by George Obulutsa
and Rosalind Russell)