Acid used in attack

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) – An Albany woman was accused of crashing a Sudanese wedding party early Sunday and splashing people with a glass bottle full of acid, injuring six people, authorities said.

Of those injured, two firefighters were burned when their latex gloves melted as they tried to treat the others splashe with the substance.

“Acid thrown in someone’s face is pretty unique,” said firefighter Darren Marino. “You gotta be pretty twisted. It was pretty nasty.”

Marino said the firefighters thought they were answering a call for a hot-water burn and didn’t realize they were dealing with acid until they reached the hospital and their fingers started burning.

Police were investigating why the woman, who was among injured, attacked the group.

Rihab Hagelkhider, 39, allegedly targeted Hayfa Hussein, 29, who suffered burns on her face and body, police said.

“It appears there was some type of problem between them,” said police Lt. Pete Frisoni.

Hagelkhider was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.

Police have not yet identified the acid.

The party of Sudanese immigrants and others was held at the Friendship House, which is affiliated with the Friendship Baptist Church.

Marino said there was a language barrier at first. “I jumped out of the rig and I didn’t understand anything. But I understand pain.”

All victims were treated at local hospitals and released.

AP-ES-04-16-06 2136EDT

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