Tanzanians lynch suspected al Shabaab militant,10 others arrested

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A boy carrying a toy gun stands near members of Somalia's hardline al Shabaab rebel group after attending Eid al-Adha prayers inside a football stadium north of the capital Mogadishu November 16, 2010 Photo/File
A boy carrying a toy gun stands near members of Somalia’s hardline al Shabaab rebel group after attending Eid al-Adha prayers inside a football stadium north of the capital Mogadishu November 16, 2010 Photo/File

Tanzanian security forces have arrested 10 suspected members of the Somali militant group al Shabaab in a raid on a mosque and another was lynched by a mob, police said on Wednesday.

Officials said Tanzania was on high alert for al Shabaab attacks after the group claimed an attack on a university in neighbouring Kenya this month that killed 148 people.

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Police Commissioner Paul Chagonja told Reuters the suspected members of the al Qaeda-linked group had been arrested on Tuesday night in Kilombero district, Morogoro region, about 200 km (125 miles) east of the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

Morogoro regional police chief, Leonard Paul Lwabuzala, said in a statement that one member of the group was lynched by a mob as he was pursued by the police.

“The suspects arrested at a mosque were found in possession of 30 sticks of explosives, detonating cord, a black flag, military uniforms, masks and swords,” Lwabuzala said.

Tanzania has been spared the level of assaults by al Shabaab militants seen in Kenya although there have been sporadic attacks on tourists.

Unlike Kenya, Tanzania, which is roughly evenly split between Christians and Muslims, has not sent troops to Somalia and it does not share a border with the Horn ofAfrica nation.

Al Shabaab has said it has targeted Kenya to punish the country for sending troops to Somalia where they have battled the militants as part of an African Union peacekeeping force.

It said other contributing African nations could also be targeted.

– the-star.co.ke

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