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Zanzibar Acid Attack Victim Tweets Her Thanks
One of the two teenagers who had acid thrown in their faces in Zanzibar has thanked people for their support after arriving home in Britain.
Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup landed yesterday afternoon and were taken straight to hospital, where doctors say they are "both well".
:: WARNING: This story contains a graphic image depicting acid burns
Katie, whose neck and chest were badly burned in the attack, took to Twitter to thank well-wishers.
The two 18-year-olds had been working as volunteer teachers when they were attacked by two men on a motorbike, the first such attack on foreigners on the Indian Ocean island.
The girls' families have released a photograph of one of the victims' injuries, showing dark burns seared across her jaw, neck and chest.
TV pictures showed two ambulances driving to meet a private jet at the RAF Northolt base in west London before the friends were taken straight to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's burns unit.
In a statement outside the hospital, Andy Williams, consultant burns and plastic surgeon, said the team were still assessing their injuries.
"Both girls are well and their families are with them. They will be staying at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
"Both families would like to thank everyone that's helped to bring the girls back.
"The families now wish to have time with the girls," he added, appealing for privacy "at this difficult time".
Katie's father Jeremy Gee earlier described the burns as "horrendous".
"We are absolutely devastated," he said. "The level of the burns are beyond imagination."
Hospital staff in Tanzania's economic capital Dar es Salaam said their injuries were relatively minor and suggested the liquid thrown at them may have been diluted acid.
Zanzibar's Tourism Minister Said Ali Mbarouk offered a reward of 10 million Tanzanian shillings (£2,958)†for information leading to the arrest of the suspects, describing the attack as "a shame on the people of Zanzibar".
Tourism is the lifeblood of the semi-autonomous island, famed for its pristine white-sand beaches.
"We have to work harder to make sure that Zanzibar is safe for visitors and citizens," Mr†Mbarouk said.
Seven people have already been questioned over the attack, according to Zanzibar police.