One killed and dozens injured in attack in Arusha during official opening attended by Vatican ambassador to the country.
A bomb attack at a packed new Catholic church in northern Tanzania has killed one person and injured at least 44 people, police say.
The blast happened on Sunday in the town of Arusha, where the Vatican’s ambassador to Tanzania, Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, was attending the official opening of the church. He escaped unharmed.
Witnesses said at least one person had been trampled to death in the stampede after the blast.
“There have been 30 people wounded, three in a serious condition, and one person has been arrested,” Liberatus Sabas, the regional police chief, said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.
Arusha is a town popular with tourists visiting the nearby Serengeti national park and snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro.
“This is a sad day, our security forces are mobilised, and the culprits will be arrested and brought to justice,” Magesa Mulongo, Arusha’s commissioner, said.