The two Jewish victims of a shocking acid attack in Zanzibar have returned home to London to receive further treatment for their burns, [the Independent reported]( http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/five-men-held-over-acid-attack-on-british-charity-workers-in-zanzibar-8751297.html on Friday.
Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, landed at RAF Northolt airfield today after leaving the Tanzania capital of Dar Es Salaam earlier.
“I am just glad she is home,” said Nicky Gee told the Independent her daughter’s return. “I want to get inside and see her. We spoke this morning and she said she was okay. It has been a terrible ordeal for the families.”
An unnamed friend, who claimed to have spoken to one of the girls during a stopover in Egypt, said that the girls “seemed okay,” and that “they were pleased to be coming home. They are as well as can be expected. Katie is on pain relief.”
Speaking outside the family’s home in Hampstead Garden prior to the girls’ arrival, Jeremy Gee, Katie’s father said that the both families were extremely worried. “We are absolutely devastated. The photographs that I have seen are absolutely horrendous,” he said. “The level of the burns are beyond imagination.”
The young women were walking to get dinner at a local beach restaurant went two men on a motorcyle thew acid on them. Both girls sustained injuries to the face, chest and back.
Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzania’s president, visited the two British girls in the hospital after the attack. He vowed that their attackers would be found, the Telegraph reported.
Zanzibar police announced they would offer a reward of 10m Tanzanian shillings ($6,163) for any information about the attackers. Five men are being held as part of an investigation, the Independent reported.
Bashir Ismail, of Art in Tanzania, the organization with which the two girls were volunteering, told The Telegraph that Gee and Trup had argued with a nearby shop owner in the days leading up to the attack when they went for groceries.