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The embassy of the United States in Tanzania has issued a security alert to its citizens over fears of imminent attacks in a tourist area in Dar es Salaam.

In a website statement and social media posts, the embassy said: “Possible Attacks in Expat Areas of Dar es Salaam-There are rumours of impending attacks in the Masaki area of Dar es Salaam specifically at hotels and restaurants frequented by tourists, and at Slipways shopping center on the Msasani Peninsula.”

“The embassy has no sustaining evidence of the threat or information on the timing, but nonetheless warns citizens to take the precautions outlined,” it added.

The statement further urged people to be aware of their surroundings, stay away from crowds and to keep monitoring the media for updates. It also advised people to stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.

In the year August 7 1998, terror group Al-Quaeda carried out the deadliest attack in Tanzania by bombing the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam killing 11 people. The attack was carried out simultaneously with the one at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi which killed 224 people.

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