Saudis arrested over Tanzania church attack

  • Tanzanian authorities arrested eight people, including four Saudi nationals, on Monday over a bomb blast that killed two people at a church in the northern city of Arusha.

    President Jakaya Kikwete condemned Sunday’s attack as an "act of terrorism".

    No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion, which injured at least 50 people.

    Militant attacks are relatively rare in Tanzania, unlike neighboring Kenya and Somalia. However, sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims has increased in the past year.

    The explosion took place at the opening of a new Roman Catholic church in the suburb of Olasiti, which is mainly Christian.

    According to eyewitnesses, a bomb had been thrown from a motorcycle.

    The Vatican's ambassador to Tanzania and the archbishop of Arusha were in attendance but were not wounded.

    The explosion occurred despite heavy security presence in the area.