(Video) Brave Man Takes The Heat: Shields Fiancée From Flaming Liquid Attack On NY Subway!

By Maria Angelino | Tuesday, 28 May 2024 09:30 AM
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In a shocking incident reported by the New York Post, a man suffered severe burns after a fellow subway passenger doused him with a flaming liquid.

The victim, Petrit Alijaj, 23, heroically shielded his fiancée from the attack, sustaining the brunt of the injuries himself.

Alijaj, who was extensively bandaged, recounted the horrifying ordeal from his hospital bed. Still reeling from the seemingly random attack, he stated, "While I was running I was burning."

Medical professionals have estimated that Alijaj suffered burns on approximately 30% of his body. His recovery is expected to necessitate a hospital stay of at least another week or two. Despite the severity of his injuries, Alijaj expressed no regret, stating, "I protect my fiancée with my body."

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While he reported minimal pain during the interview, he indicated that the pain was intense at the time of the incident. The flaming liquid, once it made contact with his shirt, ignited rapidly. The suspect attempted to escape immediately after the attack but was subsequently apprehended by law enforcement, causing delays in transit train schedules.

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A post on the X platform read, "Southbound 1 trains are running with delays after NYPD responded to a report of a person being disruptive on a train at Houston St."

Alijaj, his fiancée, and his cousin were on their way to visit the Statue of Liberty when the assailant, identified as Nile Taylor, 49, boarded the train carrying a cup filled with liquid. Alijaj described the cup, gesturing to a similar one on his bedside table, saying, "like this, maybe smaller, something inside, like oil, he made fire and he threw it all."

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Alijaj's shirt ignited almost instantly, and he began to pat down the flames with his hands. "I touched myself to put out the fire," he explained, adding, "So while I was running I was burning."

Alijaj feared that Taylor might have left the train to fetch more of the flammable liquid. Amidst the chaos, he managed to remove his burning shirt to extinguish the flames. The severity of his burns only became apparent when blisters began to form upon his arrival at the hospital. The full extent of his injuries remains uncertain.

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