Zanzibar cleric in acid attack


President Jakaya Kikwete consoles Zanzibar Chief Sheikh’ s secretary, Sheikh Fadhil Suleiman Soraga, who was admitted to Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam  after unidentified people threw acid on his face in Zanzibar.

The secretary to the Chief Mufti of Zanzibar – Sheikh Fadhir Suleiman Soraga, has been seriously wounded after chemicals were poured on him as he worked out near a mosque in Magogoni- Msumbiji within the Mjini Magharibi region.

Addressing reporters yesterday at the Isle’s police headquarters, Director of Criminal Investigation SACP, Yussuf Ilembo reported that the incident occurred at dawn when the sheikh was apparently doing physical exercise.

The DCI recounted the incident saying an unidentified person posing as another exerciser walked over to the secretary in those dim early hours of the morning and went on to splash the scathing liquid all over his face and chest wounding him severely before taking off unseen.

Police have investigations well underway and are assuring the public that the force will not rest until the culprits are behind bars.

The Mnazi Mmoja referral hospital medical managing Director, Dr Jamala Adam Taib, said after stabilizing Sheikh Soraga he had to be flown to the mainland for further treatment at the Muhimbili National Hospital.

He unfortunately could not give any more details as to Soraga’s condition saying it was too early to tell.

Speaking to reporters at the Zanzibar international airport, Mufti of Zanzibar, Sheikh Saleh Kabi called on Muslims to be patient following their leader’s injury warning that violence is no way to resolve the situation but rather to observe the rule of law and allow the justice system to take its course and order to prevail.

Meanwhile CCM and CUF leaders have condemned the incident, advising the government to seek out international intelligence agencies including the Interpol to help probe the shocking attack on the Islamic religious leader.

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