London boys held in day’s acid attacks
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.
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