The U.K. has suffered a lot of terrifying attacks these past several months, such as bombings at concerts, stabbings in the streets etc.
And now there’s another devastating incident joining on that list.
Obtained by The Daily Caller:
Two men terrorized east London Thursday with five acid attacks in less than 90 minutes.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of being one of the attackers. The duo rode mopeds around the area and threw liquid acid in peoples’ faces. One of the victims suffered “life-changing” injuries.
Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan police commissioner, described the attacks as “completely barbaric.” Police assume the attacks are linked since two of the victims had their mopeds stolen.
“The acid can cause horrendous injuries,” stated police commissioner Dick, according to BBC.
According to an eyewitness who was very close to the scene, he “heard a high-pitched scream but thought it was the boys playing football…I heard more shouting and ran to my window. I could see a man in serious distress, he was screaming in pain. There were only two police officers with the victim, they took out two large water canisters and poured it over him.”
Police authorities stated that acid attacks are more and more common lately, as “over 1,800 attacks have been reported since 2010.” According to a report, last year there’ve been more than 400 crimes that involved corrosive fluids.
Police commissioner Dick stated:
“I don’t want people to think this is happening all over London all the time, it is really not, but we are concerned because the numbers appear to be going up. We will arrest people, we will enforce the law as we can, and we are working very closely with the Home Office to try to see if there is any changes in the law required.”
Experts claim that the majority of these crimes are gang-related male-on-male attacks.