Two teenagers have been arrested after a series of acid attacks terrorized London motorists on Thursday night.
Police say several people were injured in five attacks across the British capital when two men on mopeds splashed an unknown noxious substance on other people riding similar bikes.
Two teenagers, an unidentified 15-year-old and 16-year-old, were arrested for the 90-minute rampage, though no motive has been given for why they threw the acid.
At least one victim, in his 20s, has life-changing injuries after the attack.
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Another victim, UberEats delivery driver Jabed Hussain, told the Guardianthat he did not realize the liquid was acid until it began burning, and that he ran behind nearby cars after fearing the assailants would strike again.
“I was screaming for help and for water. No one was opening their door or window,” he told the newspaper.
Hussain said that he got water from a cab driver and then bought more to keep pouring it on himself until an ambulance came.
He said there had been a spree of attacks in the area, and credited his helmet with preventing further damage to his face.
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London’s Metropolitan Police say that corrosive liquid attacks rose to 454 in 2016 from 261 the year before.
Aspiring model Resham Khan was attacked in London last month on her 21st birthday along with her cousin, and has suffered severe changes to her face.
Both Khan and her cousin Jameel Muhktar are Muslim, and police say they are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
London police did not discuss the possibility of a hate crime on Friday, and said that the victims were part of multiple groups.
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“I’m aware of rumours circulating that the victims were all food delivery riders set up in advance of the attacks. This is not the case. All victims were riding mopeds at the time of the attacks, but were from a variety of backgrounds,”Chief Inspector Ben Clark said.
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