11:36 08 August 2013
Two British women have been injured in an acid attack in Zanzibar, police have confirmed. The two Brits are believed to be 18 years old.
The incident involved acid being thrown at the two women. Police have said the acid was thrown by two men on a moped who drove past the women. It is understood the acid touched the women’s faces, chests and hands.
Following the incident the two women were taken to hospital on the Tanzanian mainland.
It is understood that the two women’s injuries are not life-threatening.
The Brits, who are believed to be working for a charity as volunteers, were walking in Stone Town when the incident took place.
Deputy Police Commissioner Mkadam Khamis said to AFP news agency: "The motive for the attack on the volunteers aged 18 years, has not been established. Investigations are on until we apprehend the criminals."
A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are aware of an incident and are providing consular assistance."
The Foreign Office has said that many trips to Tanzania are “trouble free” although “violent and armed crime” is rising.
Zanzibar's capital is Zanzibar City.
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