Two young British women were attacked by acid in Zanzibar, in what is believed to be the first such assault on foreigners on the fabled archipelago which is now a semi-autonomous part of the East African nation of Tanzania.
Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18-year-olds from North London, were working as volunteer teachers in Zanzibar when two men riding on a passing moped threw acid on their faces, chests and hands on the streets of historic Stone Town in the old part of Zanzibar City, the capital, on Wednesday.
The girls were flown to a hospital in Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian mainland and released on Thursday morning. The president of Tanzania himself, Jakaya Kikwete, reportedly visited the young women at the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam and vowed to catch the culprits behind this “shameful” attack.
The motive for such an unusual incident remains a mystery. Typically, acid attacks occur on the Indian subcontinent and involved a jealous boyfriend, husband or suitor who takes revenge on a woman for such perceived insult. In such cases, the victims are physically and psychologically scarred for life
“Investigations are on until we apprehend the criminals,” Zanzibar’s deputy police commissioner Mkadam Khamis told the Agence France Presse news agency. ”Police in Zanzibar have launched a manhunt, and we ask for public assistance in identifying the attackers.”
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Asma asks: “Is it because they were Jewish? Or walking in public without ‘decent’ attire and head coverings and without a man related to them? Poor ignorant, naïve kids.