Six people have been reported injured in various acid attacks at a very crowded London shopping centre as the police launching a manhunt to find the attackers.
The officers were called right before 8pm on Saturday to Stratford, east London, near to the Olympic Park, after the reports of various victims who were acid-sprayed at locations in the vicinity of the station and busy shopping centre.
A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said: “We were called to the area around Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre to reports of a group of males spraying what is believed to be a noxious substance. A number of people have been reported injured at different locations – believed to be six people. We await further details. ”
It is obvious to see that the attack was all focused around the 1970s shopping mall, the Stratford Centre, that is very next to the bus station and a walk through to the Tube station.
The eye witnesses say that an argument broke out among a group of people which led to the attack.
Hossen, a 28-year-old Burger King assistant manager, said he saw a victim rush in along with his friend, who is a well known local homeless man, run into their restaurant bathroom "to wash acid off his face".
Hossen also said: "There were cuts around his eyes and he was trying to chuck water into them."
Paul Gibson, the assistant director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said: "We have sent a number of resources to the scene including paramedics in cars, ambulance crews, an incident response officer and our Hazardous Area Response Team. So far, we have treated at least five patients at the scene and taken three patients to hospital. We remain on scene."
Police have successfully arrested a suspicious man of grievous bodily harm and have been searching for other culprits.
The Burger King toilet floor had water splashed all over with toilet tissue and medical gloves. The people gathered all around at police cordons whereas the victims were getting treated behind a blue screen under strict security.
Many of those present at the crime scene, were kept inside the cordon by police, seemed very upset by the incident.
One said: "I can't speak now, my mate's been hurt."