Bombing: Tanzania frees 3 Emiratis
13 May 2013, 19:04
Dubai - Three Emiratis arrested in Tanzania after a deadly
attack on a church there a week ago have been freed and are back home, the
Al-Khaleej daily reported on Monday.
Tanzanian authorities had arrested them "because they
happened, by chance, to be at the site of the attack", the paper said,
citing tweets of the United Arab Emirates foreign ministry.
The trio were released with the foreign ministry's help
following "co-ordination between the UAE embassy and Tanzania", it
The report quoted "informed sources" as saying
that the three Emiratis had returned home.
Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry announced Sunday that a
Saudi citizen who had been arrested at the same time as the UAE nationals had
been freed without charge.
The Saudi and the three Emiratis were arrested along with
five Tanzanians after last Sunday's bombing, described by Tanzanian President
Jakaya Kikwete as "an act of terrorism".
It was one of the worst such incidents to hit the east
African country in years.
In addition to the three people killed in the blast, more than
60 people were injured when attackers hurled a bomb into the compound of the
newly built Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic church.
The church was celebrating its inaugural mass at the time
and was filled with worshippers.