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Tanzanian opposition leader was seriously wounded after assassination attempt

Tanzanian opposition leader was seriously wounded after assassination attempt

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A leading member of the opposition in Tanzania, the lawyer, Tundu Lissu, is Thursday by unknown men shot in front of his house in the capital city of Dodoma. He was in serious condition admitted to a hospital, according to medical sources bullet wounds in his abdomen, an arm and a leg.

The police could not say anything yet about the motive. The perpetrators are on the run.

Lissu is the leader of the opposition party, Chadema. He is an outspoken critic of the government of president John Magufuli, and was several times arrested on suspicion of sedition. The last time was in July, after he Magufuli a dictator had called.

Magufuli showed himself in a Tweet, committed with Lissu. He spoke of a “barbaric act” and prayed for the recovery of the parliamentarian.

Amnesty International said the “cowardly attack” concerns about the safety of all the different voices in the country calling, “in a time in which the space for dissent is quickly shrinking’. The human rights organisation called on the authorities on the population and the world “hesitate to say that this shooting was not politically motivated.”

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