Tanzania tightens security in the US attacks aftermath

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania has tightened security measures at important installations for fear of possible infiltration by terrorists in the wake of militant attacks in the US, sources told PANA Wednesday.
The sources said security was being stepped up at strategic government offices and at key power and telecommunication facilities.
Foreign embassies accredited to Tanzania were also revising their security detail following the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 11 September.
The US says Saudi-born Osama bin Laden, who is sheltered in Afghanistan, is the prime suspect and will be hunted down and brought to justice "dead or alive," in the words of President George W.
"Times have changed.
Things are no longer the same," the sources said.
The sources confirmed that the national defence and security organs have held consultations following the US tragedy and that efforts were being made to guarantee the country's protection.
The accounts backed local media reports, which cited the US's Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) asking the country's police to help it track down 30 suspects believed to have committed the US atrocities.
The reports said the blacklisted persons might have links to terrorist bin Laden who is also held responsible for the bombing of US embassies in Dar es Salaam and in Nairobi, Kenya in 1998.
A Tanzanian, Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, 27, was two months ago sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in the US in connection with the Dar es Salaam bombing that killed 11 people.
Investigators have since been studying long-term information on the possibility of Tanzania hosting people trained in international terrorism, the reports added.

19 september 2001 20:15:00

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