British embassy in Tanzania suspends activities

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The British embassy in Dar es Salaam Tuesday suspended its activities for a week to sort out security problems at its offices.
An official of the British High Commission said that the threat of acts of terrorism had necessitated the temporary closure of its offices pending further measures to strengthen security.
"We are sorry due to security problems we have been forced to close our offices until next Monday if all goes according to plan," the official said.
A local worker with the embassy told PANA Wednesday that some British High Commission officials have been receiving frequent telephone calls with threats of bomb scare over the past month.
Britain is one of the US key allies engaged in the current war in Afghanistan to flush out terrorists including prime suspect of 11 September terror attacks on New York and Washington, Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden.
Following the New York and Washington events last month, the Tanzania government stepped up security for foreign embassies in Dar es Salaam as some Islamic fanatics threatened to unleash on Americans and Britons supporting the global coalition against terrorism.
The 7 August 1998 bombing of the US embassy in which 12 people were killed and several others injured, has heightens fear against acts of terrorism in foreign missions in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzanian security authorities said government would continue to ensure foreign diplomats were protected against any form of violence.
"It is our duty to make sure diplomats accredited here enjoy the peace that prevails in our country.
Violence has no room," said a senior security official.

17 october 2001 18:19:00

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