2 British women attacked with acid in Zanzibar

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Posted: Aug 08, 2013 6:27 AM

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Police in the East African island of Zanzibar say assailants threw acid on two British women.

Mkadam Khamis, a police commander on the island, said Thursday that the attack took place Wednesday night in an area of the island's capital city known as Stone Town, an area popular with tourists.

Khamis said the women, both 18, were attacked by unidentified assailants while walking. The acid hit the women in the face and arms. The victims were rushed to Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, for treatment.

A spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office said Britain is aware of the incident and is providing consular assistance to the women.

The attack against the Britons is at least the third acid attack in Zanzibar since last year.