KUALA LUMPUR: Police are concerned as a serial acid splasher who is believed to be responsible for more than 20 attacks on women and children in the city has begun to strike at night.
All of the earlier attacks which started early this year had occurred in the day.
However, on Friday, three women were attacked 30 minutes apart at around 9pm in the city area.
In the first case, two women who were walking along Jalan Pudu Lama were splashed with acid by a man on a motorcycle leaving one of them with severe burns that almost blinded her left eye.
Half an hour later, another woman had acid splashed on her at a parking lot, believed to be by the same man.
On Saturday, a woman and her year-old baby were attacked at their home in Persiaran Titiwangsa.
City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said a task force, formed since the beginning of the initial attacks, was examining the facts of the latest attacks to determine if they were the work of the same man.
Meanwhile, the father of the woman who was severely burned in the eye, Mohammad Salleh, said his daughter was responding well to treatment when met at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital intensive care unit yesterday.
“Doctors believe they may be able to save her left eye. But she also suffered 5% burns on her face and chest,” he said.
The other victims had reacted quickly by washing their faces with water, resulting in little or no lasting injuries.
Sources, however, pointed out that despite the sudden change in the time of the suspect’s attacks, he still primarily targeted women and children.
DCP Zulkifli was reported earlier as saying the police were taking the matter very seriously as the attacks were beginning to cause panic among city folks.
The only lead police have on the identity of the suspect is that he is of dark complexion and rides either a Honda EX5 or Yamaha motorcycle. ~ By STEVEN DANIEL