Lon­don boys held in day’s acid at­tacks

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LON­DON — Five linked acid at­tacks in quick suc­ces­sion by men on mopeds in Lon­don left sev­eral peo­ple in­jured, Bri­tish po­lice said Fri­day. They are the lat­est in a spate of as­saults with cor­ro­sive liq­uids that have alarmed res­i­dents and politi­cians.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice force said two teenagers were ar­rested over the 90-minute ram­page which be­gan late Thurs­day. Two men on a moped tossed a nox­ious sub­stance into the face of a 32-year-old moped driver, then jumped on his ve­hi­cle and drove away.

The pat­tern was re­peated across an area of east Lon­don. All the vic­tims were at­tacked while rid­ing mopeds. At least one, a man in his 20s, was left with life-chang­ing in­juries, po­lice said.

Two boys, 15 and 16, were ar­rested on ac­cu­sa­tions of rob­bery and griev­ous bod­ily harm. One was de­tained near the scene of an at­tack, the other at an ad­dress in east Lon­don on Fri­day.

Lon­don po­lice say the num­ber of re­ported at­tacks with cor­ro­sive liq­uids rose from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016.

AP/RA­JESH KU­MAR SINGH

An In­dian bal­loon ped­dler car­ries his wares that were pur­chased from a whole­saler Fri­day for 15 cents each. At a mar­ket in Al­la­habad, they will go for 30 cents.

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