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Was young woman s acid attack self inflicted?
Naomi Oni talks to ITV's This Morning. Photo: YouTube

British police investigating the horrific case of a woman burned when acid was thrown in her face have seized her computer amid reports they are suspicious the injuries may have been self inflicted.

Local media reports say the family of Naomi Oni, 20, who suffered severe burns to her face, leg and arm in an acid attack, are concerned too little is being done by police to catch her attackers.

The Sunday Times has reported that relatives are concerned detectives are spending too much time following a "crazy" line of inquiry that she may have carried out the attack herself.

Police are understood to have taken Miss Oni's laptop and are said to have discovered that she had searched the internet for websites about acid attacks before she received her injuries.

Searches are said to include material on Katie Piper, the former model who has campaigned for facial disfigurement victims since she was scarred in an acid attack in 2008, according to the Sunday Times.

Officers are said to have asked Miss Oni's relatives whether she may have inflicted the injuries on herself..

Her boyfriend Ato Owede, 23, has dismissed that line of inquiry as "crazy".

Mr Owede told the Sunday Times: "They (the police) need to keep investigating.

"They're concentrating on the wrong things at the moment in terms of researching acid attacks and stuff like that.

"They are just coming to a silly conclusion."

Miss Oni is said to have been attacked by a person dressed in a niqab as she returned home after a shift a the Victoria's Secret store.

She lost her hair and eyelashes in the incident and has undergone several operations since.

Doctors had initially feared that she would be permanently blinded, but she recovered sight in her left eye and partial sight in her right eye.

Speaking at a press conference in a bid to find her attacker, Miss Oni said: "I’ve always been outgoing and confident – used to getting attention for the way I dress or my hair – but now I don’t want anyone looking at me.

"I don’t want people to see me in public. I don’t want to get the Tube or the bus. If I have to go to the hospital I take a taxi."

It is understood that police sought to retrieve her laptop from her home on January 28, but were unable to find it. It was handed over to officers by Miss Oni's mother Marian Yalekhue.

She is believed to have told detectives that she had searched websites relating to acid attacks but has dismissed that she injured herself.

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