Sheikh arrested for acid throwing incident in Zanzibar

A hate mongering sheikh has been arrested for his involvement in an acid throwing incident on two innocent British girls last week. Photo: Katie and Kirstie, after and before (AP)

CHARLOTTEAugust 12, 2013 – Sheikh Issa Ponda Issa was apprehended Sunday for his role in throwing acid on two young women last week in Zanzibar. Authorities arrested Issa when he showed up for treatment at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital.

His shoulder had been injured by a police teargas canister as he attempted to escape capture in Morogoro.

Even the most diabolical minds on the planet should be sickened by Islamic Radicals practice of throwing acid on innocent victims.

Last week, two British teenage women were maliciously attacked by a pair of drive-by thugs on mopeds as they walked back to their hotel in Zanzibar. They are now back in London recuperating from a horrendous incident that will scar them for life.

Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup, both 18, were teaching at an orphanage in Zanzibar City when the attacks occurred. Gee’s injuries, which are said to be worse than Trup’s, resulted in burns to more than 80 percent of her right arm and 50 percent of her torso.

According to witnesses, law enforcement officials were pelted by rock throwing supporters of the sheikh as he attempted to flee by car.

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Reports differ on whether the attacks were the result of local teenage boys being rebuffed by the girls for unwanted advances or due to Islamic extremists wanting to make Zanzibar an independent sharia based country.

Both girls are Jewish and belong to a London organization called The Abstinence Club which is a group for teenagers which advocates celibacy before marriage.

The attacks are yet another example of the extremes to which Islamists will perpetuate their beliefs with no regard for the sanctity of human life.

Both Katie and Kirstie, who were said to be well informed about Muslim dress codes on the island, were appropriately attired when the incident took place.

As head of a radical Muslim movement based in Dar es Salaam called the Council of the Islamic Organization, the Sheikh has had several run-ins with the law in recent months. He received a suspended sentence for helping to instigate riots after a Christian boy was accused of desecrating a copy of the Koran.

Earlier this month, the Sheikh was in Zanzibar inciting supporters to demonstrate for the release of 10 members of an Islamic group who are currently in prison. He has also been found guilty in the past for breaking and entering.

Incidents such as throwing acid and other inhumane acts are common Islamist occurrences around the world. Unfortunately, it is the regularity by such radicals with which they take place that can lead to apathy and ambivalence. Not only does it become impossible to report on each individual attack, we begin to become oblivious to the viciousness of the thought processes that can invent such horrors and then carry them out.

Whether or not a person believes there is a movement afoot by Islam to establish sharia on a global basis is, and will be, perpetually open for debate. But no reasonable human being with any shred of compassion can condone such outrageous acts which are carried out in the name of religion or any other movement.

Too many Muslims follow the tenet that doing the work of Allah is justified by any means necessary. Islam is the only religion that endorses such concepts through its scripture and the teachings of its prophet.


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