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Reward doubled to $40,000 for info leading to arrest in Elmont acid attack 

Nafiah Ikram was injured after an acid attack

Nafiah Ikram was injured after an acid attack in Elmont on March 17. Credit: Kendall Rodriguez

A $40,000 reward will now be paid to anyone who helps law enforcement find the person who threw an unknown burning and disfiguring acid into a college student's face in March.

Nassau police had already offered a $20,000 reward. This week, the FBI said it would offer another $20,000 for information leading to an arrest in the March 17 attack on Nafiah Ikram in her parents' Elmont driveway.

"She's hanging in there," said Sherina Mohamed, a nurse practitioner and the mother of the 22-year-old victim, a Hofstra University premed student, who more than half a year later, still cannot eat solid food.

Ikram, the FBI said in a statement, "sustained serious physical injuries and burns to her face, eyes, and arms" when the liquid, later found to be an acid, was tossed at about 8:30 p.m.

Her assailant fled in a red 2013 to 2015 Nissan Altima with fog lights, it added.

Her mother, speaking out in hopes it will prompt someone to recall a detail that could help solve her daugher's case, said how much vision Ikram has lost permanently is not yet known.

Complications arose that required her to first undergo lip and nose surgery before any eye operations. "That is the priority; we have to postpone addressing the eye for now."

Mohamed said she hoped the FBI, with its considerable resources and now the additional reward, will finally solve the case.

"It's not only about the money," she said, "we're hopeful and feeling better that FBI is involved because they have the resources and more people looking into the case, and hopefully they will be able to find the perpetrator."

"We appreciate the people who came out and got the word out to people," Mohamed continued.

"Newspapers, social media, regular news, in any shape or form, that we can reach out to and hope for help because the case cannot be solved without people volunteering and coming up with any information they know that might not seem important but that may be important."

She concluded: "It's not fair that my daughter is suffering like this and she — after almost seven months she cannot eat a proper meal."

To call in a tip, the FBI is at 800-225-5324 or contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Tips can be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov.

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