More expected to be learned from BKK acid attack cases in few days

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BANGKOK, June 10- Four cases of corrosive liquid-spraying attacks in the capital were progressing and more was expected to be clearer in few days, according to the acting city police chief.

Acting Metropolitan Police Bureau Chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang on Sunday called a meeting with an investigation team of the Metropolitan Police Division 2 and police officers of Bang Sue, Phahon Yothin, Sutthisan and Lumpini police stations to follow up the four cases after a male attacker sprayed a corrosive substance on five victims in four areas of the capital from May through June.

Pol Maj Gen Kamronwit said that the cases should be clearer in few days, adding that the attacks was presumed to be carried out by the same suspect due to the same crime pattern and similar timings of the attacks.

However, personal conflicts were not the motive behind the incidents, the acting city police commander explained, saying that the police so far were unable to determine whether or not the attacker has psychological problems.

Initially, police officers in areas where the attacks took place were instructed to check archival footage from surveillance cameras for further investigation and hunting the suspect.

Regarding the chemical liquid used for the attacks, Pol Maj Gen Kamronwit said that the police so far have not yet determined whether it was acid or base but that the substance can cause skin burns.

A series of the corrosive liquid-spraying attacks occurred in Lumpini district on May 11, in Bang Sue area on May 31 and in Phahon Yothin and Sutthisan districts on June 4, respectively, with five victims suffering from chemical burns.