The gunman who killed four people on a rampage near the French embassy in Tanzania’s main city Dar es Salaam last week before being shot dead was “a terrorist”, the Tanzanian police said on Thursday.
In the August 25 attack, Hamza Mohammed shot three police officers with a pistol at a city intersection before taking their rifles and heading to the nearby French embassy where he shot the security guard. Six others were wounded during his shooting spree. Hamza was eventually shot dead.
“Our investigation has found that Hamza Mohammed was a terrorist,” Camilius Wambura, Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI), told reporters in the lake city of Mwanza.
Investigations revealed that Hamza had spent a lot of time on the internet, learning about the activities of militant groups such as al-Shabab and the Islamic State (IS), Wambura said.
The gunman was also in communication “with other people who live in countries with terrorism-related acts but mainly he was learning through radical social media pages,” Wambura said.
Meanwhile, his neighbours described him as a very ethical man and peaceful who follows Islamic teachings, loves going to the mosque in the morning, afternoon and evening.