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Hong Kong 'acid attack' hurts 30

A man is treated for acid burns in Hong Kong, May 16, 2009
The injuries included burns to legs, arms and faces

Thirty people were treated for injuries in Hong Kong after they were splashed by a corrosive liquid.

Two bottles of what is thought to be acid were either thrown or fell from a building into crowds of shoppers in the Mong Kok district.

Those who received medical help - 14 women and 16 men - suffered burns to the legs, arms and faces.

Police are linking it to an incident in December when 46 people were hit by acid on the same street.

No-one has been arrested in connection with either incident.

Reward offered

Police say whoever is responsible faces a possible charge of intent to cause grievous bodily harm, which can lead to life in prison.

After the December incident, police offered a reward of $12,900 (£8,000) for information leading to an arrest.

"We will find out whether the two cases were done by the same person as soon as possible," said Superintendant Leung Ka-ming.

Firefighters helped those affected clean the liquid from their arms and legs before sending them to hospital.

Samples of the fluid are being tested in a laboratory to determine exactly what it is.



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