08/10/2013 04:45 pm ET Updated Aug 12, 2013

Zanzibar Acid Attack Victims Return To Britain; Suspects Questioned, Cleric Detained

Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, British charity workers who were victims of an acid attack in Tanzania on Wednesday, have returned to the United Kingdom and are receiving treatment at a hospital in London. Doctors there say they are doing "well," according to the BBC.

Gee sent out a tweet on Friday thanking everyone who has wished her well.

Trup and Gee, both 18, were walking in Stone Town, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, when men on a motorbike threw acid in their faces, the BBC reported. The two women had been volunteering at a Christian school nearby and were dressed conservatively at the time.

Five suspects, all men, have been detained for questioning, police in Zanzibar told the Telegraph.

Muslim cleric Sheikh Ponda Issa Ponda was injured and captured after trying to flee from the police, the Mirror reported.

Ponda had met with imprisoned members of Uamsho, a Muslim separatist group that police suspect may have inspired the attack, earlier this month, according to the Telegraph.

Police in Zanzabar have issued a reward of 10 million Tanzanian shillings (a bit over $6,000) for information that could lead them to the people behind the attack.



Acid Victim Sonali Mukherjee