Speaking following the incident, she said:
It was a shocking attack and our thoughts and sympathy go out to the young women and their families. We wish them a speedy recovery and will continue to do all we can to support them.
I would like to thank the Governments of Tanzania and Zanzibar for their public condemnation of the attack and their stated determination to leave no stone unturned in finding the perpetrators, and ensuring they are brought to justice. This will reassure British tourists planning to travel to the island.
Pending police investigations, it would be unwise to leap to conclusions about the motive for the attack or what it means for foreign visitors. Nevertheless, we have updated our Travel Advice to inform people of the attack and reiterate the need for caution.
The British High Commission provided consular assistance to the girls and their families, including facilitating the victims’ flight from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, supporting them while in hospital in Dar Es Salaam and liaising with the insurance company over their medical evacuation.
Zanzibar remains a popular tourist destination and most visits are trouble free. British nationals are however encouraged to take care and to read our Travel Advice .