​2 Women In Acid Attack Evacuated: Corrosive Acid To Face, Chest​​

By: | 08/10/2021 06:33 PM ET

2 British women have sustained serious injuries and have been evacuated after having acid thrown at them in Zanzibar. The women have been identified as Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, who had a corrosive substance thrown at their heads and chests by men on a moped.

2 Women In Acid Attack Evacuated

“The teenagers had to be treated in hospital after the incident after sustaining injuries to their hands, faces and chests, although their conditions are not believed to be life-threatening,” said ITV News’ Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo.

The pair, who both have Jewish roots, were in the final week of their trip to the east African island where they were volunteering as teachers. The British nationals were due to fly back to the UK this evening. The attack occured on the island of Zanzibar which is around 22 miles off the coast of Tanzania.

There were reports that the victims may have been targeted after a previous incident during Ramadan.

Katie Gee was reportedly attacked two weeks ago for singing during Ramadan, but decided she decided to stay and continue her voluntary work.

One of the girls’ friends told the Telegraph that the girls were singing during Ramadan when a Muslim lady became violent and hit Miss Gee in the face.

The father of Katie Gee said the level of burns sustained by his daughter in the attack were “beyond imagination”.

In a joint statement, the victim’s families said they were “extremely distressed” over the “unprovoked attack”:

“Both families are extremely upset and distressed at this completely unprovoked attack on their lovely daughters who had only gone to Zanzibar with good intention. We understand they will be flying home overnight.”

The President of Tanzania is reported to have visited the women in hospital and vowed to find the men responsible for the “shameful” attack.