Riots on Tanzania-Zambia border as authorities arrest 15 Zambians

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DAR ES SALAAM, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities said on Monday they have arrested 15 Zambians in Tunduma on the Tanzania-Zambia border in connection with various crimes, including stealing from businessmen and smuggling of goods.

Jomimasa Nsido, a senior official with the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) in Songwe region, said the arrest sparked riots from the Zambian side of the border.

The official said some Zambians burned car tyres in the middle of the Tanzania-Zambia highway, demanding the release of their 15 colleagues.

"The arrest of the 15 Zambians is part of a campaign aimed at ensuring that the area remained safe for doing business," said the official, adding that most of the suspects were arrested over the weekend.

She said the operation to arrest criminals was being supervised by Songwe region's security and defense committee in collaboration with TRA.

Juma Irando, Momba district commissioner in Songwe region, said authorities from both countries were meeting to resolve the issue.

"People on both sides of the border should abide by laws in both countries," said Irando.

He said authorities in Momba district in the Tanzanian side and their counterparts from Nakonde resolved to hand over the 15 Zambians to authorities in the neighboring country for legal action. Enditem

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