Two bombs detonated outside Zanzibar’s Anglican cathedral

Posted Feb 25, 2014

[Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar press release] During the mid-afternoon of Monday, Feb. 24, two small explosive devices detonated sequentially near the main entrance to Christ Church Cathedral and the Former Slave Market in Mkunazini. The Cathedral is a First Class World Heritage Monument and the Former Slave Market an International Site of Conscience. The entire site is presently undergoing significant renovation through a generous grant from the European Union.

The Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar, owner of the site, said it “is grateful to Almighty God that no persons were injured.” There was slight damage to a nearby car and no damage to the structures or facilities whatsoever.

Working in cooperation with local authorities, security measures at the site are being enhanced to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff. The government has increased local security patrols and is thoroughly investigating the incident. The Anglican diocese said it is “thankful for this immediate response and ongoing assistance.”

“The Anglican diocese is undeterred in its mission of promoting peaceful conditions on Zanzibar and the good of all Zanzibaris. This includes an ongoing commitment to securing quality health care, education and job opportunities for all people.

“We call on all people of good will to join with us in prayer for the peace of Zanzibar and the region and committed action towards achieving a safe environment and the prosperity all Zanzibaris.”