30 injured in Hong Kong acid attack

30 people have been injured, including nine foreign tourists and a child, by corrosive liquid hurled in one of Hong Kong's favourite tourist spots, the sixth such attack reported in just over a year.

Police received reports at around 9:30pm last night (local time) that a bottle of corrosive liquid had been thrown in the Temple Street night market in Yau Ma Tei district, a lively shopping area that hosts hawkers, fortune-tellers and nightclubs, a spokesman said.

Two bottles, apparently containing corrosive liquid, are believed to have been thrown to a pedestrian zone from a nearby building.

No serious injuries have been reported. The 19 men and 11 women injured had been sent to hospital, the spokesman said.

A large team of police and firemen had been despatched to the scene but no arrests had been made, he said.

There have been five previous acid attacks and more than 100 people have been injured in Hong Kong since late 2008. Three took place in densely populated Mong Kok, another shopping quarter neighbouring Yau Ma Tei.

Last month six people were injured when a bottle of acid was hurled down a street in Causeway Bay, another shopping hub which was packed with people celebrating the Hong Kong football team's victory over Japan in the East Asian Games final.

Police have previously offered 1.5 million Hong Kong dollars (£120,000; $190,000) for useful information on the attacks.

A rooftop camera network was set up over Mong Kok, the site of one attack, has failed to catch those responsible.

Despite repeated appeals to the public for information about the culprit, or culprits, no one has been charged. The police said it was unclear whether the cases were connected.

Via - AFP , BBC



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