HOODIE GANG STAB BOY, 16 TO DEATH IN STREET
A BRILLIANT young student was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack by a gang of half a dozen youths wearing hoodies and bandanas, police say.
Keen boxer Ajmol Alom, 16, may have been trying to protect his friend when he was stabbed, say police.
So far they have made one arrest, although they are searching for other suspects involved in the attack on the teenager.
Speaking to press at the scene of the crime in Poplar, east London, Dete Chief Insp Andy Chalmers of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crimes Command said: “There is nothing around the address that indicates a particular gang affiliation.
“At the moment it would appear to be an unprovoked attack.
“Ajmol doesn’t appear to have any affiliations with gangs so we will keep an open mind as to whether there was any precursory events which may provide a rationale for this attack.”
Asked if Ajmol could have been protecting his friends, DIC Chalmers said: “It’s a possibility but I don’t have this kind of information at this stage. All lines of inquiry are open.”
The attack took place yesterday evening just yards from straight A student Ajmol’s family home.
DCI Chalmers said: “Upon arrival police and the ambulance both youths were taken to an east London hospital where unfortunately the victim died.
“The victim is a Bengali male. The second victim suffered serious facial wounds, though not life threatening, and he is still being treated for them.
“Our Inquiries have established the following: Ajmol was with four Bengali associates, friends, in Spey Road. It would appear they were having a conversation when when they were confronted by a group of five or six other males of a similar age.
“They were wearing bandanas and they were hooded. The victim with the facial injury was initially stabbed and Ajmol was stabbed in his upper thigh thereafter suffering fatal injuries.
“As a result of initial enquiries one suspect has been arrested and is and is currently in police custody.
“Ajmol was a local student who recently finished his GCSEs and will have been waiting for his results. He was a member of the local boxing club. As you can imagine his family are devastated.”
Locals say violent crimes are rare in the area, and DCI Chalmers moved to reassure them that they were safe.
He said: “My officers are working very closely alongside local police station officers and the Safer Neighbourhoods team and with Tower Hamlets Council to deliver a reassurance message and listen to what the community is saying and to meet any of their needs.
“I would request that anyone who witnessed this incident or has any knowledge of the events that took place contact my incident room and provide me with that information.”