24 May 2013

Tanzania: Community Leader Attacked With Acid in Zanzibar

Zanzibar — In yet another shocking incident in Zanzibar a local leader, popularly known here as sheha, has been attacked with acid. The elderly man, Mr Mohammed Omar Said, was until Thursday morning undergoing treatment at Mnazi Mmoja hospital.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mkadam Khamis confirmed the Wednesday night attack on the sheha of Tomondo area, adding that a hunt for the culprit was going on. He called on the people to volunteer information that may lead to the suspect's arrest.

The medical officer treating the victim, Dr Said Ali, confirmed that Said suffered burns on the chest and on the right of his face. Meanwhile, Second Vice-President Mr Seif Ali Iddi has asked the police to leave no stone unturned to ensure the criminals were apprehended.

Although the motive behind the attack was yet to be established, Saidi linked it to a recent dispute in electing members to the district constitutional review committee. "Shehas were wrongly accused of bias in the elections and I have been receiving threats," said Saidi, who unsuccessfully tried to chase the running attacker.

Last year two people, including a Muslim clergyman, Sheikh Fadhil Soraga, were attacked with acid by unidentified people. Soraga, who is secretary at the Zanzibar Mufti's office, is yet to resume his duties.

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