Crime & Justice

Tokyo police search for subway acid attack perpetrator

Tokyo, Aug 25 (EFE).- Police in Japan on Wednesday were looking for the perpetrator of an acid attack on the Tokyo subway that left two people injured.

The attack occurred on Tuesday night amid tight security measures deployed due to the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in the capital on the same day.

A 22-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman sustained burns caused by what Japanese police suspect was sulfuric acid at the Shirokane Takanawa subway station, located in an upmarket residential neighborhood of the capital.

The suspect threw acid directly on the young man, who has severe burns on his face and shoulder, while the woman sustained minor burns on her legs when she slipped on the liquid and fell into it, according to the authorities.

CCTV camera footage showed that the suspect, who fled the scene after the attack, was a man believed to be between 30 and 50 years old and 175 centimeters tall. He was dressed in black and wearing a mask.

The attack took place around 9 pm near an elevator at the station at the same time that the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games was being held in the Olympic Stadium and amid strong security measures throughout the city.

This is the second incident to occur on urban transport in the capital this month and during the Games, following a knife attack by a man on a commuter train that left 10 people injured in early August. EFE


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