In the Muslim-majority semi-autonomous Zanzibar island area of Tanzania, a Roman Catholic priest was hospitalized on September 13 following an attack by unknown assailants. Rev. Joseph Mwang'amba was leaving an internet cafe in the Miandege area when assailants tossed acid on him.
According to a report by Reuters, police spokesman Mohamed Mhina said "He sustained burns in his face and shoulders. The acid burnt through his shirt." The priest was immediately admitted to an area hospital for emergency treatment. No arrests have been made, and police admit they do not have any suspects.
The attack on the priest came one month after two visiting British teenage girls were victims of a similar acid attack there. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said that the resultant religious tension threatens peace in the nation of 45 million people. There is a Muslim political movement - Uamasho (Awakening) afoot in Zanzibar that seeks secession from the mainland. Uamasho has been blamed for a series of similar incidents. Earlier this year, two Christian pastors were killed, while in November 2012 Sheikh Fadhil Suleiman Soraga - a Muslim leader - was severely injured in an acid attack.
Acid attacks are frequently used elsewhere in the Muslim world against persons targetted for supposed infractions of Muslim religious law, known as sharia. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, women when unescorted by male relatives or dressed in appropriately are frequently attacked by acid-wielding men.