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Two suspects have been arrested on Zanzibar in connection with the acid attack as a hate preacher who went on the run after being shot by police was apprehended on the mainland.Read more at the Daily Mail
Extremist cleric Sheikh Issa Ponda Issa has links to radical Islamist group Uamsho which police believe may be involved in the assault.
Acid attacks have become the hallmark of the group which wants Zanzibar’s independence from Tanzania and Sharia law on the island.
Sheikh Ponda was shot by police as they tried to arrest him but escaped, bleeding profusely. He later surrendered and was being treated in hospital last night.
Witnesses said police surrounded him in Morogoro, 200 miles from Dar es Salaam, but were pelted with stones by his followers.
Officers were seen shooting into the air as a warning and it is believed Sheikh Ponda was hit in the shoulder by a tear-gas canister.
He visited Zanzibar in the weeks leading up to the attack on Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup and was seen encouraging his supporters to protest against ‘colonisation’ from Christians and inciting Muslim youths to violence.
The two suspects under arrest are among eight people brought in for questioning by police.
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