Colombians outraged over new acid attack

AP News
Posted: Apr 07, 2014 1:23 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Police are offering a nearly $40,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever was behind the latest in a rash of acid attacks disfiguring women in the Colombian capital.

The latest victim was Ines Carillo, who was opening up the fast food restaurant where she works Saturday when an unknown male assailant surprised her and hurled a chemical substance.

The attack followed a similar one 10 days ago against a 33-year-old who had her face and nearly a quarter of her body disfigured. The crime provoked outrage because it was caught on security cameras.

Acid attacks in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have received widespread attention in recent years, but such crimes are virtually unknown in the Western Hemisphere except for Colombia. More than 900 such attacks have been documented in the country since 2004.