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3-05-2012 - Arabian Business By Elizabeth Broomhall

Former Kuwait diplomat's wife burned in Islamist attack

The wife of the former British ambassador to Kuwait has been injured after being attacked in by a suspected Islamist extremist, the UK's The Times newspaper reported.

Dianne Wilton, who is married to the former envoy to Kuwait Christopher Wilton, suffered third degree burns after having a pot of boiling water thrown at her by a female attacker while dining at a restaurant in the Gulf state.

The boiling water hit Wilton on the neck, shoulder and back, and she was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated.

The attacker fled the restaurant before she could be apprehended.

"She was extremely shaken up," her husband was reported as saying.

"She's all right but traumatised that this could happen at all. The assumption is [that the attacker] singled out a table where Arab men were dining with obviously Western women."

Reports say Wilton has been released from the hospital in Kuwait is to be flown back to the UK for further treatment.

Christopher Wilton served as British ambassador in Kuwait between 2002 and 2005.


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