London, UK. Sept 23: London Metropolitan Police say a suspected acid attack in east London, today, Saturday, injured at least six people with one male suspect apprehended, although they did not believe the incident was terror related.
Police said they were called just before 8pm (1900 GMT) to the Stratford Centre, close to London’s Olympic Stadium, following reports of a group of males spraying what was believed to be a noxious substance.
London Ambulance Service tweeted that they had treated at least five patients after sending paramedics and a fleet of ambulances.
London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) September 23, 2017:
“We have treated six people following the incident in #stratford”
The injuries were believed to have been sustained in different locations, with one male arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, police said. An argument had reportedly broken out shortly beforehand
Photo:At least 6 injured in London noxious substance attack
A Burger King employee Hossen, 28, said a local homeless man came into the fast food outlet “to wash acid off his face”.
There were 431 acid attacks in London last year, 398 of which were carried out in Stratford’s borough of Newham.