A young Muslim woman has been warned by police that her life is in danger after a male friend lost his tongue in an alleged assault using acid in an apparent “honor attack."

The Danish Asian man is in a serious but stable condition in the hospital after an incident in Leytonstone, East London, three weeks ago. Sulphuric acid is said to have been thrown in his face and he was stabbed twice in the back.

The 24-year-old, being treated in a specialist unit in Essex, is now blind, his tongue has been destroyed and he suffered burns over 90 percent of his body.

The woman, who claims the relationship is an innocent friendship, and the man live in the Asian community of East London, where their relationship is said to have upset her family for bringing dishonor on them.

Scotland Yard have issued what is known as an “Osman warning” — telling the woman that there is a threat to her life.

A police source told The Times that she had not been moved into a safe house but police were in daily contact with her.

Detectives believe that the man and woman were not in a sexual relationship but were just friends.

Two men, aged 19 and 25, are due to appear before Waltham Forest Magistrates Thursday, charged with the attempted murder of the 24-year-old man on July 2. Both men are said to be related to the woman, one is understood to be her brother.

Five men have been arrested and bailed “pending further inquiries” by police.

At the time of the attack a police source said: “It looks like this gang set out to deliberately target this man. They were dressed in masks and gloves so none of the acid would get on them.”

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