A woman, known to the aggressor, and her three-year-old daughter, the worst victims of the individual attack, have not yet been arrested
Scotland Yard identified the perpetrator of the attack with a “corrosive substance” that left a 31-year-old woman and her two daughters seriously injured in the neighborhood of Clapham, south London. The police are asking for the cooperation of the citizens to find out his whereabouts Abdul Ezedi, 35, was last seen in the early hours of Thursday on Caledonian Road, north of the city, and is believed to have traveled to Newcastle, where he usually lives.
Another nine people were slightly injured in the incident: four pedestrians and five policemen who tried to help the victims. The woman and her daughter were admitted to the hospital Thursday and are being treated for “injuries that could have lifelong consequences,” according to Superintendent Gabriel Cameron.
“This was a horrific attack,” said Cameron, who warned that the attacker “may have suffered multiple lacerations to the right side of his face” after coming into contact with corrosive acid. The police have not disclosed the motive of the attack, but they immediately rejected the possibility of a terrorist attack.
“What we do know at this time is that the attacker and the victim knew each other; this was not a random attack,” said Chief Superintendent Mark Rowley. “Fortunately, attacks with acids and chemicals are rare. We had an incident two or three years ago, but this is something that has not happened recently. ”
The woman and her two daughters were temporarily staying at the South Belvedere hotel in Clapham, close to where the attack happened. Several witnesses alleged that, due to the way he interacted, the aggressor (dressed in black) actually knew the injured woman.
According to the first testimonies, the man threw one of the women to the ground and poured an alkaline liquid. He then tried to escape in a car but crashed into a parked car and fled on foot, towards the Clapham Common area.
The incident caused a stir in London, just two days after a 30-year-old man armed with a crossbow was shot dead by police in the Southwark neighborhood when he tried to enter a private home. The perpetrator has been identified as Bryce Hodgson, who has a history of harassment. A knife, sword, and ax were also found in his possession.