HONG KONG -- An unidentified assailant hurled acid in a busy shopping district, injuring 24 pedestrians including a 4-year old girl, police said Tuesday.
Police said a bottle of corrosive liquid was thrown on a crowd
in the Mong Kok district on Monday night.
Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang condemned the attack, saying it
was "cold-blooded and evil" and the assailant was "scum of the
Investigators have posted a 900,000 Hong Kong dollar
($116,097) reward for information leading to an arrest.
Police were reviewing footage from surveillance cameras for
clues who was behind the third such attack in the neighborhood six
On the same street last month, 30 people suffered burns when two
plastic bottles filled with acid were thrown down into a crowd.
Another 46 were injured in a similar attack in that neighborhood in
Residents in this city of 7 million mostly went about their
business Tuesday, seemingly unfazed by the latest attack.
Mong Kok - which means "busy corner" in Chinese and is a shopping
hot spot that attracts thousands of people daily - some shoppers
were staying away.
"I thought the attack would be stopped, but it happened
again," one of the victims surnamed Leung was quoted as saying in
Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News. "I always go to Mong Kok, but
from now on I'll never go to that area again."
Leung suffered burns on her neck and back, according to Ming
The attack dominated the headlines in the Chinese territory.
Several newspapers ran photos showing victims washing off the acid
on the roadside.
Police superintendent Edward Leung was quoted as saying in the
South China Morning Post that it was possible the same person had
carried out all three attacks.
Leung said in a radio interview Tuesday that officers were
reviewing surveillance footage taken by cameras recently installed
to monitor the area of the attacks. But he said it wasn't
immediately clear whether the assailant would be identified because
some of the images are too dark.
If convicted, the assailant would be charged with intent to
cause grievous bodily harm, which has a maximum penalty of life
imprisonment, Leung said earlier.
Acid Attack at Crowded Shopping Mall Injures Dozens
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