There have been a number of incidents in Zanzibar in which western tourists were deliberately targeted that pre-date the current heightened terror threat.
Two young british women had acid thrown on them while walking in Stone Town in mid 2013. In Feb 2014 a couple of improvised bombs exploded at a cathedral and a tourist restaurant - although no-one was killed. These were not "terror" attacks in so far as they were not the work of an organised terror organisation, instead individuals with extreme fundamentalist views decided to vent their anger at the intrusion of Western values into the mainly Muslim island. This tension, which was manifest in these terrible, heinous crimes, is well known, and you should take this into account if you decide to go to Zanzibar.
On the upside, the island relies heavily on tourism income and most of the residents support and encourage tourism. Just the luck of the draw really.
Has the recent call by ISIS for more "lone wolf" attacks increased that danger - about as much as it has in the rest of the world.
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Phil over 3 years ago
I was in this bombing at the restaurant. Thank god it wasn't very busy or someone would have died. Don't avoid the island....but be respectful, dress modestly, and I would skirt the places that cater mostly to western tourists. over 2 years agoAnswered by Rhianna via WorldNomads.com