Incident Summary:

12/13/2008: On Saturday evening, at 1700, two large plastic bottles carrying acid were hurled into the Sai Yeung Choi Street South and Shantung Streets of Mong Kok district, Hong Kong. A reported 46 persons were injured in the attack. The bottles were reportedly thrown from above. The two white bottles, each with a capacity of about 750ml, were kicked by pedestrians after they landed, making it more difficult to determine from where they had been thrown. Police officers with shields and helmets searched the Chung Kiu Commercial Building and other buildings near the scene, but five hours after the attack they had still not found any suspects. The injured had been treated in a hospital and had been released by 2200. No group claimed responsibility.



Hong Kong

East Asia

region/u.s. state:

Hong Kong

Mong Kok

Location Details:
The attack took place the Sai Yeung Choi Street South and Shantung Streets of Mong Kok district, Hong Kong.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Two bottles containing 750 ml of Acid were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 46 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 46
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Philippine Daily Inquirer, "46 Hurt in Hong Kong Acid Attack," Agence France-Presse, December 14, 2008.
South China Morning Post, "Dozens of Christmas Shoppers Hurt as Bottles of Acid Rain Down," LexisNexis Academic, South China Morning Post, December 14, 2008.
Herald Sun, "High-Rise Acid Attack," LexisNexis Academic, Herald Sun, December 15, 2008.