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British Women Attacked With Acid in Zanzibar

August 8, 2013

Two young British women have been attacked with acid on the east African island of Zanzibar.

Katie Gee and Kirstie Trupp, both 18, were treated for face, back and chest injuries after having had a corrosive substance thrown in their faces in the late-night assault.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said officials became aware of an incident last night, and were providing
consular assistance.

Deputy police commissioner Mkadam Khamis said: "Police in Zanzibar have launched a manhunt, and we ask for public assistance in identifying the attackers."

Zanzibar, which is popular with tourists, is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean around 22 miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania.

The teenagers, who are understood to have been on a volunteering trip, were attacked in the Stone Town area of Zanzibar's eponymous capital, on the west coast of the island.

The Foreign Office's travel advice for Tanzania states that although most visits to the country are trouble-free, "violent and armed crime is increasing".

The advice, on its website, says: "Mugging, bag snatching (especially from passing cars) and robbery have increased throughout the country."

It adds: "In Zanzibar incidents have taken place in Stone Town and on popular tourist beaches."

Source: Copyright Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland)

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