DISTRESSING CONTENT WARNING: Distressing footage has emerged of the moment a teenage girl started screaming and dousing herself in water after a suspected acid attack on a London bus.
The visibly-distressed teen came sprinting into the shopping arcade in Brixton before collapsing on the floor in what Met Police believe to be a targeted attack.
“She was screaming and clearly in a lot of pain. She grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge and was squirting it into her mouth and on to her face,” Newsagent Mohammed Raffiq told The Sun.
“She said: ‘Someone gave me acid! Someone put it in my mouth! It’s in my mouth!”
Confused bystanders can be seen watching on as she struggles to return to her feet.
Mr Raffiq said he gave her a further five bottles of water before she went into another shop to wash herself down.
Met Police were called to the scene in South London about 1.45pm local time on Tuesday after reports of a “suspected noxious substance attack”.
Firefighters later hosed her down on the sidewalk as paramedics provided her treatment at the scene.
Police said the incident was not random and a targeted attack, and they are continuing inquiries to trace one suspect – believed to be a woman.
Witness Becky Reid wrote on Twitter about the horror that unfolded on the bus.
“Feel physically sick after walking past a poor innocent person getting hosed down by firefighters after being caught in the middle of an acid fight in Brixton,” she wrote.
“So scary that this can happen on our doorstep. Hope they are okay.”
Detectives from the Roads and Transport Policing Command are investigating.