ZANZIBAR, Tanzania — Police in Zanzibar said Tuesday that they have arrested 15 people, among them suspects linked to terror groups, in connection to a spate of acid attacks in recent months.
Some of the suspects have links to al-Qaida and Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, said police commissioner Mussa Ali Mussa, but he offered no evidence.
When pressed for details by the Associated Press about al-Qaida or al-Shabab connections, Mussa hung up and switched off his mobile phone.
Earlier, Mussa said police have seized 29 liters of acid from different people, saying they were illegally in possession of it.
Last week a Catholic priest was attacked and badly injured in the fifth acid attack in Zanzibar since November. Last month, two young British women doing volunteer work were injured when acid was thrown in their faces.