Ten Metropolitan Police firearms officers have been rushed to hospital after being attacked by acid during a drugs raid in London.
Firearms officer attended an address in the industrial area in Dale Close Barnet at 1.50pm during an anti-drugs operation.
During the operation a “suspected corrosive substance” was thrown at the officers.
The Met Police said in a statement, “10 firearms officers are believed to have suffered injuries and are receiving medical treatment have all gone to hospital. We await an assessment of the extent of these injuries. However none are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.
“We are working to inform their families.
“A number of males were arrested on suspicion of drug offences at this stage.
“They have been taken to hospital having also suffered injuries related to the substance. Their conditions are not believed to be life-threatening.
“Officers remain at the scene and enquiries continue.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “I am shocked that a number of Met police officers have been taken to hospital with injuries believed to be caused by a corrosive substance after they carried out a drugs operation in Barnet this afternoon.
“It is a stark reminder of the real dangers our hardworking officers face every day as they keep us safe. On behalf of all Londoners, I wish them a speedy recovery.”
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