A horrific wave of acid attacks have overtaken London, leaving victims gruesomely disfigured and suffering life-altering injuries amid a growing trend that’s seen the corrosive liquid become the weapon of choice for British attackers.
Two teenagers, 15 and 16, were arrested Friday following an overnight swath of attacks in which men on mopeds injured several people by tossing a noxious substance in their faces.
At least one victim, a man in his 20s, was left with life-changing injuries, police said.
Similar high-profile attacks have been plaguing the British city in recent months. In one assault, a 25-year-old man is accused of throwing acid at an aspiring model and her cousin as they sat in their car.
The number of reported attacks using corrosive liquids rose from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016, London police said. Some appeared to be related to gang activity or the theft of cars and motorbikes.
The use of acid in attacks has even spread to children as young as 12 who have been arming themselves with substances “for self-defense.”
Heat Street reported in April that students are using acid because it’s much easier to conceal than a knife, with some even placing the liquid in a water bottle. Gang culture has been blamed for the spike in schools.
Acid attacks are well-known to be used in Pakistan and other Islamic countries, largely against women.
Thus, in light of that fact, and in light of this article, some interesting questions present themselves:
- First, who are the people committing the acid attacks? Are they from all different ethnicities, or do they just happen to share ethnic similarities as well as a particular religion? I think that a good guess is that the latter is true, not the former.
- Second, how many such attacks occurred before 1990? And if they were much less before then, why is that? Of course, we all know the answer to that, even though we are not allowed to ask the question in public.
- And the final question is this: Isn’t diversity grand?!