A Muslim man as left with second- and third-degree burns on his right arm, and a first-degree burn on the right side of his face after two unidentified white men threw a home-made incendiary device into his car while he was driving Katy Freeway in Texas, KPRC2-TV reported.
Syed Raza told authorities he was driving from Houston to his home in Cypress, Texas, when he noticed two men in a purple truck, asking him to roll down his window, thinking they were asking for directions. When he did, the men laughed and threw something in his car, which immediately engulfed his vehicle in flames.
“All I could think is I need to get out of the car,” Raza told KPRC-TV in Houston.
Raza was recently released from Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston after suffering severe burns. He plans to file a report with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), according to the station.
The incident is perhaps the most vicious attack against a Muslim following Trump’s election. And while it appears to be a hate crime, Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Houston chapter for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is hesitant to label the attack as a hate crime until law enforcement investigates the incident as such, according to U.S. Uncut.
A video of Raza’s car burning, and of his injuries was captured by KPRC. Watch it below: