” Two young British women were recovering after unknown attackers in the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar threw acid into their faces, the first such assault against foreigners in the popular tourist destination, police said yesterday.
On Wednesday evening two men on a moped threw the acid at the 18-year-old women as they strolled through the streets of Stone Town, the historical center of the capital of the semiautonomous Tanzanian archipelago, splashing their faces and chests.
Hospital workers have said the liquid thrown at the two 18-year-olds, identified as Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, may have been diluted acid.
The two women were spending three weeks doing volunteer teaching in a local school.
Tensions between the majority Muslim population and Christians in the archipelago — just 3 percent of the 1.2 million people on the islands — have been on the increase in recent years, as well as on mainland Tanzania.”