Two bomb blasts rocks Anglican Church and Tourist Bar in Zanzibar

Investigation going on in one of the areas affected by the bomb (photo: ZanziNews.com)

Two homemade bombs exploded Monday on the popular Indian Ocean tourist island of Zanzibar, but with no casualties, police said, in the latest in a series of attacks.

"Investigations are ongoing to find out details of the blasts and the motive behind them," assistant police commissioner Mkadam Khamis told reporters.

One blast took place at the Anglican cathedral, a historic building in the heart of the narrow and
winding ancient streets of Stone Town, the UNESCO-listed historical center of the capital of the semi-autonomous Tanzanian archipelago.
The other occurred at the seafront Mercury's restaurant and bar, a favorite of tourists.

"It is suspected that the explosives are homemade bombs thrown by unidentified thugs," Khamis said, adding that the blast at the cathedral had caused only minor damage to parked cars.

The bar, located near the main port and seafront square, is named after flamboyant rock musician and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who was born on the island. ...Read more