Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Hamad Consoles Acid Attack Victim

ZANZIBAR First Vice-President Seif Sharif Hamad consoled the family of a Muslim cleric, Sheikh Fadhil Suleiman Soraga, who is still struggling to recover from injury, 50 days after an unidentified person threw acid into his face.

Hamad prayed for Soraga -- the Zanzibar Mufti's office secretary, who returned home from treatment in India on October 16, this year.

The ailing sheikh informed the vice-president that his condition was improving. Mr Hamad condemned the attacker, saying that the inhuman behaviour must not happen in the civilized society.

Sheikh Soraga suffered severe injuries on his chest and face when an unidentified person threw acid on him near his home on Magomeni Street. The cleric was on his way from a physical fitness exercise.

The attack was widely condemned by politicians and leaders including President Jakaya Kikwete, who instructed the police to hunt for the criminal.

Sheikh Soraga was rushed to Muhimbili National Hospital before being flown to India's MIOT hospital for further medical treatment.

The motive behind the attack and the identity of the person responsible for the act are yet to be established, but the incident occurred a few days after the cleric condemned unrests in Zanzibar, accusing Uamsho for causing instability.

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