Men on Scooter in London Throw Acid in Faces of 5 People

The scene of one of the acid attacks in northeast London on Thursday. (Credit: Sarah Cobbold, via Reuters)
The scene of one of the acid attacks in northeast London on Thursday. (Credit: Sarah Cobbold, via Reuters)

Two young men raced through London on a scooter and threw acid in the faces of five people apparently chosen at random late Thursday, according to the police.

A male teenager was arrested in connection with the attacks, committed during a 72-minute spree across the neighborhoods of Clapton, Hackney, Islington and Stoke Newington in northeast London, the Metropolitan Police said.

One of the victims suffered what were described as life-changing injuries.

The attacks began when two assailants on a scooter pulled up to a man on another scooter at an intersection and threw a corrosive substance in his face, and then stealing his vehicle, the police said.

Additional attacks, all involving two men on a scooter, took place in rapid succession in neighborhoods nearby, with the assailants spraying acid in the faces of pedestrians and, in at least one case, of another scooter rider, whose vehicle was also stolen. The police say the attacks were connected.

All of the victims were men, and there was no immediate indication that the assaults were hate crimes.

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SOURCE: ROD NORDLAND 
The New York Times