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August 08, 2013

Tanzania | Crime

Zanzibar: Acid thrown on two British women volunteer teachers

teach-English-in-Tanzania.jpgCNN reports on two British women who were the victims of an acid attack in Tanzania. The two were teaching English on the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar through i-to-i Travel.

Two British women were injured in an acid attack carried out by two men on a motorcycle on the east African island of Zanzibar, local police said Thursday.

The women, who were attacked in Stone Town, the island's historic center, had been working as volunteer teachers on the island, travel firm i-to-i Travel said. Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with tourists.

The attack occurred Wednesday night as the women were walking unaccompanied along a street, said police commander Muccadam Khamis. The attackers, who did not take anything from their victims, left the scene on the motorbike, he said. The women were taken to a local medical center for first aid treatment, he added.

British consular officials then helped them reach the city of Dar es Salaam, on the Tanzanian mainland, where they received hospital treatment, he said. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are concerned to hear of an attack on two British nationals in Zanzibar on 7 August. We are providing consular assistance and are in contact with the Tanzanian authorities."

The women, who were in the final week of their trip when they were attacked, have now been discharged from the hospital in Dar es Salaam, i-to-i Travel said in a statement.

Read the full story from CNN.

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