An acid attack victim is offering a £10,000 reward in a desperate effort to track down the men who remain on the run more than a year after “burning half his face off”.
Mr Khan, who did not wish to use his real name, was opening up one of his businesses in Luton when he was approached by a stranger who had been waiting in a car outside.
“He said, ‘are you going to open that shop?’ and I said, ‘yeah, why?’” Mr Khan told The Independent.
“I was a bit hesitant because the way he approached me wasn’t normal.
“I didn’t want to let him inside because he just looked out of place.
“He then got a bottle – he pressed on it and it released this very cold liquid that hit my face.”
The 30-year-old did not realise what he had been hit with until he felt a burning sensation on the hand he used to shield himself.
Mr Khan after the acid attack in Luton last May
“There was a chemist next door so I ran next door and asked for a glass of water, I threw it on myself,” Mr Khan said.
“It felt like there was a type of glue stuck to my face.
“I put my head under the tap and when I lifted it up and looked in the mirror and I realised my skin was burning off.”
Mr Khan said his attacker, a white man, escaped in a Ford Fiesta driven by an accomplice.
He was taken to hospital for treatment and has suffered scarring, as well as lasting trauma from the unprovoked attack.
“Half my face was burned off,” Mr Khan said. “Luckily I didn’t need a skin graft because I got water on it straight away.
“The scars might go away but mentally it’s been a strain – I’m really paranoid when I meet new people, I feel anxious every time I go out of the house.”
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No one has been arrested for the attack in Leagrave Road, Luton, on 19 May 2016 and police are continuing to appeal for information.
Mr Khan still has no idea who attacked him or why, having received an “Osman…