U.K Acid Attacks: Lawmakers Face Tough Questions as Crimes Surge

LONDON — Food delivery drivers blocked a busy central street here in rush hour this week, but their grievance wasn’t pay or workplace rights — it was safety, and the very real fear of being attacked with acid.

In a country already on edge after three deadly terror atrocities, Britain is facing a new horrifying threat in the form of a wave of acid attacks that have occurred in locations across the country, affecting victims from all walks of life.

Jabed Hussain, 32, was sprayed in the face by two assailants who then tried to steal his bike as he delivered food in east London earlier this month.

“I’m just shocked, using acid to steal a bike?” he told reporters outside the British parliament during the protest. “What’s a bike worth?” My life is worth more than that.”

He was one of five drivers assaulted in the space of 90 minutes — a terrifying spree that shocked London. At least one man was left with life-changing injuries, police said.




Image: Jabed Hussain, a driver for UberEats, and a victim of a the July 13 acid attacks in London

Jabed Hussain, a driver for UberEats, and a victim of a the July 13 acid attacks, during demonstration in Parliament Square in London on July 18, 2017.