The acid attack on the priest was the third such unprovoked assault in Zanzibar in two months.
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The acid attack on the priest was the third such unprovoked assault in Zanzibar in two months.

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Rev. Joseph Anselmo Mwagambwa tells CNN he was sprayed with acid

He was coming out of an Internet cafe in city of Zanzibar

Last month, acid was thrown on two U.K. women, both 18, while visiting Stone Town

An Arab businessman who built a mall near U.S. Embassy was hit with acid

(CNN) —  

Tanzanian police have arrested 15 suspects following the latest acid attacks on the island of in recent months.

The Rev. Joseph Anselmo Mwagambwa said he was attacked Friday afternoon while coming out of an internet cafe in Mlandenge, a community in the city of Zanzibar.

He was being treated in a hospital in the Tanzanian mainland city of Dar es Salaam.

Police are still investigating, and no arrests have been made.

Last month, two British teenagers were walking unaccompanied when men on a motorcycle threw acid on their chests and hands in Zanzibar, officials said.

Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, were attacked in Stone Town, the island’s historic center. They had been working as volunteer teachers on the island.

The attacks occurred at a time when Islamist extremism is escalating in the area, which has a Muslim majority. The government has said it will consider regulating the purchase of acid and other related products, and warned such attacks will damage the island’s tourism industry.

In another incident in July, a businessman of Arab origin who had built a mall close to the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam was also injured in an acid attack, Tanzanian media reported.

Zanzibar is a semiautonomous part of Tanzania.

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CNN’s Michael Martinez contributed to this report.