Man throws acid on 9 people including children in London

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This still taken from a social media video from Clapham’s Lessar Avenue, area shows a fire brigade vehicle standing on the side of the road after the acid attack in London on January 31, 2024. — X/@CrimeLdn
This still taken from a social media video from Clapham’s Lessar Avenue, area shows a fire brigade vehicle standing on the side of the road after the acid attack in London on January 31, 2024. — X/@CrimeLdn

Authorities in London started to search for a man Wednesday after at least eight people including children were injured in an incident of throwing acid on Clapham’s Lessar Avenue, London, according to media reports in the UK. 

Officers who responded to the scene were also among the injured however, their condition is termed non-life-threatening.

Rescue officials at the scene reported that those who were provided immediate medical attention were three children and a woman at around 7.25pm.

London Ambulance Service also confirmed about treating nine people, with five of them taken to a major trauma centre.

"Three patients were taken to a local hospital and the other was discharged at the scene," it added.

Marina Ahmad, a member of the London Assembly for Lambeth and Southwark, described the incident as a traffic collision involving a man assaulting occupants in a car and throwing acid.

"We are drawing on resources from across the Met to apprehend this individual and work is ongoing to determine what has led to this awful incident," said Detective Superintendent Alexander Castle.

"While tests are ongoing to determine what the substance is, at this stage we believe it to be a corrosive substance.

"A man was seen fleeing the scene. We are drawing on resources from across the Met to apprehend this individual and work is ongoing to determine what has led to this awful incident.

"The National Police Air Service are assisting us. Any members of the public who can help us with information or material should call 999 immediately ref CAD 7790/31 Jan."