A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection to the attack which saw six people injured when they were sprayed with acid near the Stratford Centre in east London.
Pictures from the scene of a terrifying acid attack which rocked east London last night show a white substance thought to be the acid dripping from the doors of Stratford shopping centre.
Witnesses of the horrifying crime described how a gang of men sprayed noxious liquid into crowds outside the centre and at a next-door tube station causing widespread panic.
Dramatic video and images shared on social media show police treating victims behind a cordon at Stratford station where a white substance can be seen on the floor.
Witnesses described the panic in the moments after the mass attack as injured people hurried to wash their faces and limbs with water.
One man who was splashed in the face with acid could be heard screaming: 'I can't see, I can't see'.
Police have ruled out terrorism. Witnesses claimed the substance was thrown by 'young black teenage males' after an argument broke out.
Three of the victims were rushed to hospital after they were sprayed with the liquid following an 'altercation' between the two groups of males.
Scotland Yard confirmed none of the injuries were either life-changing or life-threatening.
Sprayed: A white substance thought to be the acid could be seen on the doors of the Stratford Centre after the attack
Six people were injured when a gang of men sprayed a noxious liquid into crowds outside the shopping centre and at a next door tube station causing widespread panic
A police cordon in Stratford tube station with what appears to be acid on the floor after victims were treated at the scene
Dramatic pictures from the scene shared on social media appeared to show police attending to victims at Stratford station
Officers have arrested a man after a gang sprayed acid into a crowd near Stratford Shopping Centre. Pictured: Police cars at the scene
Emergency services at Stratford Centre in east London after the attack at 8pm tonight. Cordons were set up around the areas where the acid was sprayed
Fire crews gathered outside the Stratford centre next to an area which had been cordoned off after the shocking attack
A policeman stands guard outside the Stratford centre after the acid attack at 8pm on Saturday which injured six
A map showing where the attack happened at the Stratford Centre and Stratford tube station. There were no reports of injuries at the nearby Westfield shopping centre
A Burger King assistant manager who gave his name as Hossen, 28, said he saw a victim and his friend run into the restaurant bathroom 'to wash acid off his face'.
One guy had been hit in the face, he kept shouting I can't see, I can't see, I can't see
He said: 'There were cuts around his eyes and he was trying to chuck water into them.'
Inside the Burger King toilets water could be seen all over the floor along with toilet tissue and medical gloves.
Witness Zak Abdi, who had been shopping with friends, told Mirror Online: 'I was about to leave the station and a few guys were scattering, and there were guys on the floor in agony, with their friends all around them.'
The number of acid attacks taking place in Britain is soaring, with school children as young as 13 using corrosive substances as weapons.
Crime statistics show that there was more than 450 acid attacks in London alone last year, with the number of attacks in the capital more than doubling since 2014.
But experts say the real figure is much higher, with the true scale of the problem hidden because people are afraid to come forward.
It is believed criminal gang members are carrying acid in drinks bottles because they are less likely to get caught than if they carry a knife or gun.
Schoolchildren as young as 13 have also told how 'squirting' rivals with acid is easier than trying to stab or fight them.
He said he saw a group of men running away from the police after the acid 'hit a group of men who looked like they were en route to a club'.
He heard one man shouting 'I can't see, I can't see, I can't see' after being splashed in the face.
Mr Abdi added: 'Everyone was just jumping out of the way, trying to escape the whole thing. It was a scary moment for everyone.'
Imrana begum, 18, was working in Primark in Westfield when the attack happened.
She told MailOnline: 'It is a huge shock, even though more of these attacks are happening.
'I was folding clothes and suddenly everyone was like be careful, be careful there's been a huge acid attack. Apparently people could hear screaming.'
Paul Gibson, assistant director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said: 'We have sent a number of resources to the scene including paramedics in cars, ambulance crews, an incident response officer and our Hazardous Area Response Team.
'So far, we have treated at least five patients at the scene and taken three patients to hospital. We remain on scene.'
The Metropolitan Police said: 'Police were called just before 8pm to the area around Stratford Shopping Centre to reports of a group of males spraying what is believed to be a noxious substance.
'London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade have attended.
'A number of people have been reported injured at different locations - believed to be six people. We await further details.
Securing the perimeter: Police set up a cordon around the areas where the acid was sprayed by the gang on Saturday night
Police said: 'One male has been arrested on suspicion of GBH. Officers remain on scene'. Pictured: Police cars at the scene
Witnesses described the panic in the moments after the mass attack. Pictured: Stratford centre in the wake of the