Two have ‘life changing’ injuries after acid attack – BBC News

Image copyright Resham Khan
Image caption Resham Khan was left with burns on her arms, legs, face, shoulder by the attack

Two people have been left with “life-changing” injuries after a corrosive substance was thrown on to them through their car windows.

Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar were attacked on 21 June at traffic lights in Becton, east London.

The cousins had been celebrating Ms Khan’s 21st birthday before the attack.

Both suffered severe burns to the face and body and Mr Muhktar, 37, was placed in an induced coma. No arrests have been made, police said.

Both continue to be treated in hospital. Ms Khan has damage to her left eye and required two skin grafts.

Mr Muhktar, who has since been brought out of his coma, has burns across his body arms, legs, back, neck and the right side of his face as well as damage to his right eye.

Image copyright Resham Khan
Image caption Resham Khan has been left with damage to her left eye
Image copyright Resham Khan
Image caption Resham Khan had just returned from a year abroad as part of her business management degree at Manchester Metropolitan Univesrity

On social media, Ms Khan said: “I’m devastated. I keep wondering if my life will ever be the same. Acid attacks in the UK are unheard of for me.

“The pain was excruciating. I was struggling to close the window. My cousin struggled to get us away. I saw my clothes burn away in front of me.”

According to police the two had stopped at traffic lights during their drive when the man approached them and threw the toxic substance at Ms Kahn through the window.

The attacker then circled around the car and threw more of the acid at Mr Muhktar, before eventually fleeing the scene.

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