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The Metropolitan Police released a new image of Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, who is on the run.Abdul Shokoor Ezedi

Ezedi allegedly attacked a woman and her two children with a corrosive substance – now known to be alkaline – in Clapham, south London.

Ezedi, believed to be from the Newcastle area, is alleged to have thrown an alkaline substance at the mother and her two daughters in a “targeted” attack which saw a total of 11 people taken to hospital.

Following the attack, a massive search was launched, including several forces, with the ongoing investigation.

Police initially reported that he had injuries to the right side of his face and have now released a second image of the suspect, with the injuries visible.

Superintendent Gabriel Cameron said: “We are now releasing an image of Abdul Shokoor Ezedi’s last sighting on Caledonian Road, N1, at 20:48hrs on Thursday, January 31.

Ezedi, believed to be from the Newcastle area, is alleged to have thrown an alkaline substance at the mother and her two daughters in a “targeted” attack which saw a total of 11 people taken to hospital.

Following the attack, a massive search was launched, including several forces, with the ongoing investigation.

Police initially reported that he had injuries to the right side of his face and have now released a second image of the suspect, with the injuries visible.

Superintendent Gabriel Cameron said: “We are now releasing an image of Abdul Shokoor Ezedi’s last sighting on Caledonian Road, N1, at 20:48hrs on Thursday, January 31.

Ezedi allegedly attacked a woman and her two children with a corrosive substance in Clapham, south London.

 

“The image is taken from the Tesco store, where Ezedi is believed to have purchased a water bottle. He left the shop and turned right.

“The image shows Ezedi with what appears to be significant injuries to the right side of his face. This makes him distinctive.

“If you see Ezedi, call 999 immediately. He should NOT be approached.”

Superintendent Gabriel Cameron, a senior officer who polices in Lambeth, has updated us on last night’s events: “Firstly, I want to acknowledge the considerable public concern following this terrible incident and update you on the injuries suffered by the victims.

“The woman, who is aged 31, and her two daughters – aged eight and three – all remain in hospital.

“While none of their conditions are life-threatening, the injuries to the woman and younger girl could be life-changing.

“It may be some time before hospital staff can say how serious that might be.

“Three women – two in their 30s and one in her 50s – who were injured when they bravely came to the aid of the family, have all been discharged from hospital with minor burns injuries.

“A man in his 50s who also helped declined hospital treatment for minor injuries he suffered.

“Five officers who were injured as they responded have all been treated and have left hospital.”