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Fourth acid attack in busy Hong Kong area injures 9

An attacker hurled acid at pedestrians in a crowded Hong Kong shopping district on Sunday, injuring nine people in the neighbourhood's fourth acid attack in a year.

world Updated: Sep 07, 2009 00:15 IST

An attacker hurled acid at pedestrians in a crowded Hong Kong shopping district on Sunday, injuring nine people in the neighbourhood's fourth acid attack in a year.

Television footage showed two victims being carried to ambulances, their heads covered in bandages.

Police spokesman Chau Yau-fai said the attacker -- a 28-year-old man arrested nearby -- targeted a couple strolling through the Mong Kok district but also hurt seven others. Assistant District Commander Angela Ng said the couple quarrelled with the suspect before the attack.

Sunday's assault was unrelated to the previous ones, which started last December and injured some 100 people, Chau said. In those attacks, acid apparently was tossed from neighbouring buildings. No one was arrested.

Mong Kok, which means "busy corner" in Chinese, is a densely populated area in Kowloon across the harbour from Hong Kong island, with narrow streets crammed with snack vendors and shops.