UK police investigating acid attack at London club; 12 hurt

20 April, 2017, 08:54 | Author: Ora Austin
  • London Ambulance Service at the scene

Emergency services, including a hazardous area response team, were sent to the Mangle club in Dalston in the early hours of Monday morning, closing surrounding roads.

Two Australian sisters have revealed they feared for their lives, caught in the middle of an acid attack at a London nightclub, confessing they initially thought it was an act of terrorism.

Police said two victims, who were not named, were in a "serious but stable" condition, on Monday afternoon.

The streets around the club have been closed as the police investigation is ongoing.

At least 12 revellers have suffered burns from a noxious substance at a nightclub.

The two men believed to have been targeted suffered "serious facial injuries" and a police spokesman told the Gazette one of them could have his eyesight affected.

Twelve people were injured when a corrosive substance was thrown inside a packed east London nightclub yesterday, the latest in a sharp rise in acid attacks in the British capital.

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"It was identified by a PH paper test as a strong acidic substance".

Ten other people were were treated for minor injuries, including Sydney model Isobella Fraser, 22, and sister Prue Fraser, 20.

Isobella, visiting her Chelsea-based sister who had been working in the United Kingdom for seven months, said she had turned her back to get away as the fight, involving people they did not know, broke out.

Investigators aren't sure what the acidic substance was, according to the BBC.

Police were called to the scene at around 0010 GMT "after members of the public complained of a noxious substance", the statement said.

Ms Fraser, who had been visiting her sister in London for the Easter weekend, told Sunrise she saw a fight break out and two men being targeted with the acid, which was carried in a "drink bottle". 600 people are thought to have attended an event there.

Asked if it seemed like it was a matter of time before a police incident, she replied: "Yes".

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