Two British charity workers have been attacked with acid in the east African island of Zanzibar, police have confirmed.
The 18-year-old women were assaulted late in the evening when a corrosive substance was thrown at them, according to Sky News.
The acid splashed their faces, chests and hands and they had to be taken to a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for emergency treatment.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of an incident and are providing consular assistance.”
She added that officials became aware of the incident last night.
Deputy police commissioner Mkadam Khamis told Sky News: “Police in Zanzibar have launched a manhunt, and we ask for public assistance in identifying the attackers.”
Zanzibar, located 22 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean.
Source: The INDEPENDENT