By Own Correspondent – At least 20 people have now been confirmed dead and more than 300 injured following the ammunition explosions in the Gongo la Mboto base Tanzania Peoples’ Defense Force (TPDF) camp. The Chief of Staff of the army, Lieutenant
General, Abdulrahman Shimbo, told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the Muhimbili National Hospital alone recorded more than 83 injuries and 18 deaths. He still maintained that the cause of the explosion remains unknown.
Meanwhile President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday visited the scene of explosions and told journalists that he was deeply concerned by the incidents as his government assures the people that situation is back to normalcy. The President also visited patients admitted in three Municipal hospitals
The government also announced that it will bear all the costs for burial services of all the dead to any place in the country as it also cares for all the treatment bills of the injured.
“I beg all the people to stop believing any information they receive around that move explosions are expected. The military and government experts have confirmed that no more explosions will happen so people should return to their homes and businesses,” said the president who was surrounded by military and security officials as he was going around the scene.
As hundreds were still taking hostage at the National Football Stadium, situation slowly returned to normalcy with the opening of activities at Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam were many travellers were stranded.
Yesterday the Parliamentary session in Dodoma had to be postponed so that responsible officials would take place in the rescue and other logistical operations.
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