20 'killed' in Tanzania police brutality

2011-08-04 14:53

Arusha - Police brutality led to the deaths of 20 people in Tanzania in the first six months of this year, the country's main human rights group alleged on Thursday.

"From January to June, 20 persons are reported to have died in the hands of police and other security officers, while more than 30 remained injured," the Legal and Human Rights Centre said.

Five police officers were killed by civilians during the same period, added the group, which is based in Dar es Salaam, the economic capital.

Among the civilians killed in police action, five lost their lives in May in a gold mine in Tarime and three at an opposition demonstration in January in Arusha, the group alleged in a report.

Police had also reportedly burned the hands and feet of about 4 000 villagers whom they accused of illegal mining in the Selous game reserve, it claimed.

The report also said security officers forced 70 miners to strip naked in the southern Liwale area in June.