- The supposed acid attack happened at Walthamstow Market at 6.40am
- Burkha-wearing attackers tapped him on the shoulder before hurling the liquid
- The victim was rushed to hospital but the thugs ran off and escaped in a car
- Two reportedly male thugs who were dressed up as women chucked acid at a market trade's face in East London this morning.
The victim, aged around 45, was thought to be setting up his stall at Walthamstow Market when supposed burkha-wearing attackers tapped him on the shoulder before hurling the suspected corrosive liquid from a plastic bottle.
Screaming, the man who is believed to be a popular father ran into a nearby shop with his face in his hands while desperately appealing for help.
After he yelled that 'someone has poured acid on my face', staff rushed to his aid and doused his face with water and a customer called an ambulance.
Bystanders said the attackers ran off and escaped in a waiting getaway car at around 6.40am.
A binman tidying the area before the morning rush also gave chase, an onlooker said.
Photos show the unnamed trader with red streaming eyes and black holes in his t-shirt, and yellowy green stains on the street which has now been cordoned off.
Police have not confirmed the gender of the attackers but witnesses have claimed the pair were men.
One witness, said: 'People saw two strange looking people around.
'You couldn't miss them, they just looked strange. I thought they were coming back from a night out. That's how they looked.
'I saw them when they were running off. 'They were playing with something in their hands.
'They tapped the trader on the shoulder, threw it at him, and then next minute it was just noise and shouting.
'He ran into the One Shop Cafe opposite. He Two other traders ran out trying to chase the men.
'A cleaner or binman tried to chase them too. It was two men dressed up as women - like wearing tops and skirts.
'They threw it on his face. It was in a plastic bottle.'
Locals said the man usually has a stall elsewhere on the market on a weekend, and the attackers went there first, before finding him at his weekday spot.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: 'We were called at 6:33am this morning (21 June) to reports of an incident on High Street, Walthamstow.
'We sent an ambulance crew and an incident response officer to the scene.
'We treated a man at the scene and took him to hospital.'
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: 'Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 06.36 on Friday, 21 June to High Street, E17 following reports that a man had been assaulted with a corrosive substance.
'Officers and the London Fire Brigade attended. The man was taken to an east London hospital for treatment; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
'It is alleged that the victim had been approached by two suspects, both wearing burkhas, and had the substance thrown at him before they fled in a waiting car.
'There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.'