The owner of a £340,000 Lamborghini supercar has exclusively told Herald & Post of his anger after his pride and joy was firebombed by arsonists in a ‘jealousy’ attack on Saturday.
Aleem Iqbal, 19, had leased his 2014 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster for a family wedding on Friday and the vehicle was parked outside a home on Newark Road, Luton, that evening.
At around 12.50am on Saturday morning three hooded men got out of a vehicle and poured petrol over the supercar, then set it alight.
The shocking incident was caught on a CCTV camera on Newark Road, which captured the moment the Lamborghini went up in flames with a bright flash.
One of the men was also seen hammering the car with what appears to have been an axe.
Seconds later the men were seen speeding off in a car, described to be a Mercedes-Benz ML.
Fire crews arrived at 1am and had the blaze under control in an hour, leaving Newark Road at 2.15am.
Scenes of crime officers attended the car and police are now treating the incident as suspected arson.
The car’s owner Mr Iqbal, from Solihull, West Midlands, is better known by his online alias ‘Lord Aleem’– under which he posts pictures of his extensive range of supercars to more than 160,000 followers on image sharing site Instagram.
His father runs an executive car hire company in Birmingham.
At the time of the incident the Lamborghini had been on the road for less than two months– a Youtube video dating from April shows the car being delivered to Mr Iqbal.
The 19-year-old told Herald & Post that the efforts of wedding guests and firefighters had saved the car, though he was looking at more than £30,000 worth of damage.
He said: “This was not targeted towards me but it was a vile attack of jealousy (against the family).
“Fortunately the driver was in the house at the time but this could have endangered lives, there could have been dead bodies.
“These arsonists really don’t know what they could have caused.
“When I was told about what happened I felt the ground beneath me move.
“It has taken alot of hard work and effort to get where we are and we cannot take a loss of £340,000.
“I thought it would be toast but the passenger seat and dashboard is damaged so hopefully we should be able to get it back onto the road within four weeks.”
Mr Iqbal added his disgust at the actions of the arsonists.
He said: “This is the first time this has ever happened to us, the car was a sitting target there.
“At the time there were a number of valuable cars outside but it seems they went for the Lamborghini as it was most expensive.
“I feel sorry for the family that this happened at such a time, it could have been so much worse.”
The brother of the groom, who asked not to be named, refuted Mr Iqbal’s claims that the arson was targeted against the wedding party.
He told Herald & Post: “There was a like for like white Adventador parked across the road and in total more than £1m worth of vehicles outside the house.
“We are a peaceful family and no-one has ever done anything like this to us before.
“It was only (Mr Iqbal’s) car that was targeted so one would assume the problem they have is with him.
“I rushed out to give chase and the guys that did it were lucky that there wasn’t another car coming in their direction as they would have been caught red handed.”
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact investigating officer DC Claire Long on 01582 394296, or call the non emergency number on 101.
> Footage of the incident can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqXPltZtxjo