The attack on Ms Khan and Mr Muhktar has led to a more than 255,000 people signing a petition calling for tighter restrictions on the sale of corrosive acid.Stand Up To Racism is also organising a vigil in solidarity with the two cousins, to be held at Stratford Station in east London on Wednesday evening.Tower Hamlets had the third highest number of acid attacks, with 84 incidents recorded between 20.
A spokesman added that it was not being linked to the attack on Ms Khan and Mr Muhktar, which took place in the neighbouring borough of Newham.
In another attack cited on social media, outside Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone on 8 June, the victim, junior doctor Syed Nadeem, 44, said four masked men on mopeds had rushed towards him shouting: “Give me your money or I’ll cut your throat.” Mr Nadeem was sprayed in the face with acid and suffered burns to his face and arms.
The incidents in Newham and Tower Hamlets also come after the two boroughs were said to be among the areas of London where acid attacks are most common.
In March, a Freedom of Information request to the Metropolitan Police suggested Newham was the London borough with the most recorded acid attacks, with 398 incidents between 20.
The incidents included a man of Asian origin having a noxious substance squirted at him while driving in Commercial Road, Tower Hamlets, on Thursday, with the attackers stealing his car as soon as he got out to seek help.
There were also social media reports of two attacks in East Ham on Friday – one involving a woman being partially burned on her doorstep by someone pretending to be a delivery man, and the other of a woman being targeted by moped-driving acid attackers in the Plashet Grove area.
To be honest with you, sometimes we have 1,000 people here so he could have come here but as far as we know, I've asked some of my colleagues and the people that work here and nobody seems to recognise him." Mr Siddique Said he believed the community had blown the whistle on Butt.
He said: "What's emerging is that on three occasions the community highlighted concerns about this individual.
These attacks seem to be targeting south Asians or ‘Muslim looking people’.” At this stage, however, the only acid attack being officially treated as a hate crime by police is the one on Ms Khan and Mr Muhktar.
Many of the other incidents seem to bear the hallmarks of particularly vicious robberies, rather than hate crimes.
Police initially said they had no evidence the attack was racially or religiously motivated.