The Foreign Office has warned British visitors to Zanzibar to stay indoors because of the prospects of riots following elections on 25 October.
In a rare alert, the FCO said: “Large crowds are gathering in Stone Town [the capital] and tear gas has been used. If you’re in Stone Town, stay in a safe location (hotel or home) and avoid being out on the streets. Avoid travelling into the centre of Stone Town if possible.
“Be aware of your surroundings and avoid political rallies, polling stations, large crowds or public demonstrations. Make sure you have a means of communication with you at all times and monitor local media for updates.”
It is warning of “heightened tension and unrest after the elections” particularly in towns and cities on the mainland and Zanzibar.
Two years ago, two British women were the victims of an acid attack in Stone Town. Also in 2013, an explosion took place at the Anglican Cathedral in Stone Town.
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