30 hurt in Hong Kong acid attack

2010-01-10 00:08

Hong Kong - Thirty people were injured by corrosive liquid hurled in one of Hong Kong's favourite tourist spots on Saturday, police said, the sixth such attack reported in just over a year.

Among the injured were several foreign tourists, according to broadcaster RTHK.

Police received reports at around 21:30 (13:30 GMT) 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 spokesperson said.

The 19 men and 11 women injured had been sent to hospital, the spokesperson added.

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 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.

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.