Alert for Tanzania
Government suspends two daily tabloids - 2 October 2013:
The Tanzanian government has suspended two daily tabloid newspapers for publishing classified information and "seditious" articles. Mwananchi has been suspended for 14 days, while the Mtanzania has been given a 90-day suspension. Last year the MwanaHalisi paper was suspended indefinitely for criticising the government and remains closed.
Police arrest 15 in Zanzibar acid attacks - 18 September 2013:
Police in Zanzibar have arrested 15 people in connection with the recent spate of acid attacks on the island. Police commissioner Mussa Ali Mussa said that some of the suspects had links to the Somali-based militant group al-Shabaab. In August two British women had acid thrown over them, while last week a Catholic priest, Father Mwangamba, was attacked in Stone Town.
Foreign charity workers wounded in acid attack - 8 August 2013:
Two UK charity workers have been wounded in an acid attack on the island of Zanzibar. The two women, both reportedly aged 18, were walking through Stone Town in Zanzibar City when two men on a moped threw acid at them.
Saudis arrested in connection with church bomb - 6 May 2013:
Four Saudi Arabian nationals have been arrested in connection with the bomb attack on a Catholic church in Arusha which left two people dead on Sunday. The Pope's ambassador to Tanzania and the archbishop of Arusha were attending the church at the time of the attack.
Cashew farmers set fire to politicians' houses in protest - 24 April 2013:
Some 24 buildings have been burnt down during protests by angry cashew nut farmers in Tanzania. The farmers were angry that the price they received for their crops was less than had been agreed. Additional police have been deployed to the area to prevent any more unrest.
Police deployed following sectarian clashes - 4 April 2013:
Police have used tear gas to disperse a group of 200 Christian rioters who were trying to set fire to a Muslim mosque in the Southern town of Tunduma. Tensions between the two groups have escalated recently due to a disagreement about the slaughter of cattle for public consumption.
Two killed in sectarian violence - 13 February 2013:
Two people have been killed in sectarian violence at Buseresere in the Geita Region of the country. On Tuesday a pastor with the Tanzania Assemblies of God (TAG) was beheaded during clashes with a group of Muslim youths in the town.
Islamic protesters arrested in Zanzibar - 22 July 2012:
Police have arrested 43 suspected members of an Islamist group seeking greater independence for the the Zanzibar archipelago. The group were arrested during a protest rally on Friday, which was dispersed by security forces using water cannons and tear gas.
Islamists burn Zanzibar churches - 28 May 2012:
Hundreds of Islamist protesters have set fire to two churches and clashed with police in the city of Zanzibar. Police claim that the Uamsho (Awakening) group ordered its followers to start the unrest following the arrest of senior members of the movement.
Bomb blast kills 20 at arms depot - 17 February 2011:
At least 20 people have been killed and more than 140 injured after a series of bomb blasts at an army base in Dar es Salaam. Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the incident.