ZANZIBAR: Death at Sunset

Early one evening last week, Sheik Abeid Karume, 67, the burly, leftist strongman of the spice islands of Zanzibar, sat down to play cards and sip bitter coffee with his cronies in the white-walled building in Zanzibar Town that served as headquarters of his Afro-Shirazi Party. Shortly after sunset, two cars pulled up outside, and four men armed with automatic weapons and revolvers jumped out.

Then, according to eyewitnesses, they burst into the building and sprayed gunfire at the cardplayers, killing Sheik Karume instantly. Karume's bodyguard shot one of the attackers dead, and the driver of one car was captured;...

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