Thursday 21 September 2017

Student suffers life-changing burns in acid attack on her 21st birthday

Resham Khan before and after the attack CREDIT: GOFUNDME
Resham Khan before and after the attack CREDIT: GOFUNDME

Sophie Jamieson

A student and her cousin have been left with "life-changing" burns after acid was thrown through the windows of their car as they celebrated her 21st birthday.

Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar both suffered severe burns to their face and bodies in the attack on 21 June. Mr Muhktar, 37, had to be placed in an induced coma.

Resham Khan before the attack CREDIT: GOFUNDME
Resham Khan before the attack CREDIT: GOFUNDME
Resham Khan shared pictures of her injuries CREDIT: GOFUNDME

The cousins had been inside a car at traffic lights in Beckton, east London, when they were attacked.

Writing on social media Miss Khan said she had come to London with plans to visit a spa and have a meal to celebrate her birthday. She said she and her cousin had gone for a drive in the morning, "blasting music and chilling like cousins do".

She said the pain from the attack was "excruciating" and she had seen her clothes "burn away in front of me".

The 21-year-old business management student had recently returned from an exchange year in Cyprus.

Resham Khan suffered burns CREDIT: GOFUNDME
Resham Khan suffered burns CREDIT: GOFUNDME

She said she was "devastated" about the attack that meant she would "probably never look the same".

Police have made no arrests and say enquiries are continuing.

The Metropolitan Police said officers had been called to reports that two people had been sprayed with "a corrosive substance".

"Both victims have suffered burn injuries described as life-changing," the force said in a statement.

"The car made off pursued by the suspect on foot before it collided with a fence. The suspect made off.

"Officers from Newham and the Met's Territorial Support Group executed a warrant at an address in E16 on the afternoon of 21 June in connection with the incident. There were no arrests; enquiries continue."

A friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of treatment.

Telegraph.co.uk

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