30 shoppers hurt in ‘acid’ attack

By Calvin Palmer

Thirty people were injured yesterday when two bottles of a corrosive liquid were thrown into a crowd at one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts yesterday.

The liquid was thrown in the city’s Mongkok district in Sai Yeyng Choi street, the same street where 46 people were injured when acid was thrown in a similar attack in December.

The injured were hosed down by fire crews before being taken to hospital. They were mostly young people who suffered burns to their faces and limbs.

All had been discharged by today except a 16-year-old girl, according to a government spokeswoman.

Although media reports suggest the liquid was acid, police Superintendent Leung Ka-ming would not confirm what liquid was thrown.

Samples of the liquid will be sent to a laboratory to determine its nature.

Leung said the two attacks will be combined into one investigation.

“We will find out whether the two cases were done by the same person as soon as possible,” Leung told reporters. “Right now, we do not rule out any possibilities.”

[Based on reports by AFP and Associated Press.]

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