Two British teenage girls volunteering in Tanzania's semi-autonomous Zanzibar islands were injured when unknown men hurdled acid at them from a motorbike, on Wednesday (August 07).

Police in the Indian Ocean archipelago identified the victims as 18-year-olds Kirstie Trup and Katy Gee from Manchester.

The duo were volunteering at a local school in Zanzibar, an island that is popular with international tourists but has suffered a wave of deadly protests last year as supporters of an Islamist group repeatedly clashed with the police.

Television images showed one girl in considerable pain in the back of a car before they were rushed to Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

"The victims sustained facial, chest and back injuries from the acid attack," Zanzibar Urban West regional police commander Mkadam Khamis Mkadam said, adding that the police believe the attack was an isolated incident.

The Britons were expected to fly home on Thursday.

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