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Acid attack on two British charity workers

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I read how two female 18-year-olds were subject to a horrific late night attack on the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, suffering with acid burns to the face, neck area and hands.

Witnesses said two men threw acid on the women as they walked through the capital's narrow streets, before speeding off on a moped. The police have since launched a manhunt in the west of the island.

Fortunately the injuries are not thought to be life threatening but the females have been transported to Tanzania for treatment.

Police on the island say it is the first time a tourist has been attacked in this way. However, it has been suggested that incidents such as this could lead to a reduction in tourism on the island. The Foreign Office travel advice for Tanzania warns that 'violent and armed crime is increasing'.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: 'We are aware of an incident and are providing consular assistance.'

It is disappointing that charity workers whose main purpose on the island may be to improve the local standard of living etc would be subject to an incident like this.

Whilst in the UK victims can often obtain some recompense using the Criminal Injury Compensation award scheme, for incidents of this nature abroad the foreign embassy / consulate could provide more specific advice.

Should you or any of your family members be subject to an attack abroad, this is worth keeping in mind.

By Barry Sutton, personal injury team