Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

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.”

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