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Tanzania Man Charged for Church Attack

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Tanzania's Vice President Mohamed Gharib Bilal consoles a faithful at Mount Meru Hospital, who was injured during an explosion at the new Catholic church, in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, May 6, 2013.

Tanzania's Vice President Mohamed Gharib Bilal consoles a faithful at Mount Meru Hospital, who was injured during an explosion at the new Catholic church, in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, May 6, 2013.

Authorities in Tanzania have charged a local man for a church bombing, while releasing four Middle Eastern men who were arrested after the attack.

The police chief in the city of Arusha says the Middle Eastern men -- three from the United Arab Emirates and one from Saudi Arabia -- were freed after an investigation showed they had no connection with the bombing. All four have left Tanzania.

Meanwhile, a Tanzanian man, 20-year-old Victor Ambrose, has been charged with murder in connection with the May 5 bombing of a Catholic church in Arusha.

The attack on the newly-built church killed three people and injured 60 others.

Authorities have not identified a motive for the attack, and no group has claimed responsibility.

Tensions between Tanzania's Muslim and Christian communities have been on the rise in recent months.

a local man with murder in connection with a church bombing last week that killed three people.

Twenty-year-old Victor Ambrose was charged with 21 counts Monday as officials said a Saudi man and three men from the United Arab Emirates who arrested after the attack had been released.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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