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Tanzania: British women attacked with acid in Zanzibar

August 9, 2013

Two British teenagers attacked with acid in Zanzibar were medically evacuated to London on Thursday for treatment to ‘‘horrendous’’ burns.

Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18, were on an overnight flight home after what may have been a deliberate attack on the Indian Ocean island.

The friends, who were volunteering for a charity after finishing their A-levels, had argued with a shopkeeper days before two men on a moped threw acid over them, burning their faces and bodies.

Katie was also slapped by a local woman for singing during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and a friend of the girls suggested they may have been singled out because they are Jewish.

A radical Islamic preacher who has urged followers to protest against Western influences on Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, is among those whom police want to question.

SMH

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