A Muslim preacher wanted in connection with acid attacks on two British teenagers in Zanzibar has been shot by police as he attempted to evade capture.
Sheikh Issa Ponda Issa was struck in the shoulder by a tear gas canister after police located him in the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam, The Sunday Mirror reports.
Ponda Issa allegedly provided the inspiration for the attack that has left charity workers Katie Gee and Kristie Turp, both aged 18, with serious burns.
But it has emerged that one of the teenagers has much worse injuries than the other because dirty water was poured on her wounds in the panicked attempts to stop the acid corroding her skin, The Times reports.
The pair had been volunteering as teachers on the island when they were targeted by two men on a motorbike who threw a corrosive liquid at them.
The women were reunited with their families in England on Friday and were then taken to a specialist burns unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for treatment after the air ambulance they were travelling in touched down at RAF Northholt in London.
A hospital spokesman said the pair were in a stable condition.
" The patients are well rested and comfortable at the hospital. They have been with their families all day," he said.
Sheikh Ponda reportedly arrived in Zanzibar a week ago and is accused of attempting to garner support for anti-government protests.
The preacher allegedly wants sharia law imposed on the island, whose inhabitants are predominantly Muslim.
Police in Tanzania said Sheikh Ponda was arrested in October last year for inciting religious hatred and organising illegal demonstrations.
Police in Zanzxibar said they have questioned five men but no one has been arrested.
Leading surgeon Dr Mohammed Jawad, said both of the women would require skin grafts.
" These are deep burns. They'll end up having surgery, no question about it," he said.
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Emma Chamberlain