Jewish Girls Attacked With Acid on African Island of Zanzibar

Shocking Assault on British Teens Came at Close of Ramadan

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By Reuters

Published August 09, 2013.
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Men riding a motorbike threw acid at two Jewish British teenage girls in Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Zanzibar region, leaving them with facial, chest and back injuries, a senior police official said.

Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18 and from northwest London, were flown to Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam for treatment.

The girls’ parents told the Jewish Chronicle paper that they do not believe the girls were targeted because they were inappropriately dressed during the Muslim festival of Ramadan, as some have speculated.

Trup’s father told reporters the girls were targeted “for no reason”. He said: “We know it’s a Muslim country. They weren’t dressed inappropriately because they know the rules.”

Gee’s mother Nicky, 45, said: “They were dressed appropriately — they just attacked two young girls.”

The parents said the teens were not wearing anything that would have identified them as Jews.

Authorities said the the girls’ injuries were not life-threatening, but Nicky Gee, said her daughter was badly hurt.

“I’ve spoken to my daughter – her whole face and body is burnt,” the shaken mom told the Guardian.

The girls were expected to be flown back to Britain today.

They had been volunteering at a local school in Zanzibar, an island that is popular with international tourists but has suffered a wave of deadly protests last year as supporters of an Islamist group repeatedly clashed with the police.


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