Jewish Girls Returning to Britain After Zanzibar Acid Attack

Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, were attacked with acid during stay on Tanzanian island for volunteering program.

Two British women, who were attacked with acid on the East African Island of Zanzibar, are reportedly due to return home Friday.

According to the Guardian, volunteers Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, will be met upon their arrival in London by family and friends.

Assailants attacked Gee and Trupp with acid Wednesday night as they were nearing the end of a three-week stay on the Tanzanian island.

The attackers, riding on a small motorcycle, threw the acid on the women's faces and arms as they were walking, said Mkadam Khamis, a police commander on the island. The attack took place in an area of the island's capital city known as Stone Town, an area popular with tourists.

The women were transferred to Tanzania's commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, for medical treatment. The pair were volunteer teaching at a primary school affiliated with the Anglican Church, Khamis said.

According to the Times, the girls received burns to their faces, hands, legs, backs and necks.

Marc Trup, Kirstie Trup's father, told the Times that the women were appropriately dressed and had been warned against dressing in such a way that would reveal their Jewish background, including wearing the Star of David.

Acid attacks scar their victims. Zanzibar has experienced a bout of Christian vs. Muslim violence in recent months, though authorities did not immediately provide a motive for the attack.

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

"We are looking for the attackers, and we are expanding our police networks in and outside the country to make sure we apprehend them", said Khamis.

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

One of the two British victims of an acid attack disembarks from a vehicle at the airport in Zanzibar, August 8, 2013.Credit: Reuters

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