12 people injured after London nightclub chemical attack

Incident took place at the Mangle E8 club in Dalston

At least 12 people are thought to be injured after a chemical attack took place inside an East London nightclub.

BBC News reports that around 600 clubbers were evacuated after a man allegedly sprayed acid inside the Mangle E8 club on Sidworth Street in Dalston during the early hours of Monday morning (April 17). Police were called at 1:10am local time, according to the reports.

Metropolitan Police believe that a man threw acid at two individuals after a dispute took place between two groups inside the venue. There’s no evidence that attack was gang related, officers say.

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Two men remain in hospital in serious but stable condition while ten others were treated for minor injuries. London Ambulance Service sent ambulance crews and a hazardous area response team to the venue.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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A neighbour who lives nearby told the BBC: “It happened so fast – they rushed people out. I thought it was a stabbing because all I heard was ‘move, move, move – move out of the area’. The security were telling the crowd to go down that way – people on this side were waiting to go home but they couldn’t go home because the road was closed. People were confused.”

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A London Fire Brigade spokesperson, meanwhile, has said: “The only information that we have is that it was an unknown corrosive substance thrown within the nightclub. It was identified by a pH paper test as a strong acidic substance.”

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