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Man killed in robbery for cash and laptop

Victim, 30, shot in stomach over bag of money

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A MAN working at a money transfer business has died after being shot in a robbery for cash and a laptop computer.

Khurram Ashraf, 30, was blasted in the stomach after he and a coworker were confronted by a gunman demanding he hand over the goods, a friend of the victim said.

Mr Ashraf, a part-time postgradua­te student originally from Pakistan, was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary where he died from his injuries.

Police arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of murder following the shooting at 6.20pm on Thursday.

Mr Ashraf had worked for the past few months at Global Forex, a money transfer business run out of a terraced house in the Longsight area of south Manchester.

Detective Superinten­dent Serena Kennedy, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “Our initial inquiries have estab-lished the victim and his friends were confronted and then at some point, the weapon was fired and the victim was hit. That injury proved fatal.

“I understand there will be concerns in the community and I would like to reassure people we are doing everything we can to find out what happened.

“This appears to be a tragic, incident.”

A friend of the victim said he spoke to detectives and visited Manchester Royal Infirmary as doctors battled to save Mr Ashraf ’s life.

The friend, who did not want to be named, said Mr Ashraf and another employee, a Mr Waqas, the driver of a Mercedes SL, were ambushed by a lone gunman as they closed the shop and left

isolated with a bag of money to get into the car.

The friend said: “Khurram was highly educated and came on a student visa, working and studying two or three hours a week.

“He was a gentleman, very nice and very polite to everyone.

“He worked there for the last two months.

“They closed the office at 6pm. They left the shop and went to the car parked in front of the office.

“One man came from the business park and put a small pistol into Mr Waqas’s stomach. He had the bag of money.

“Khurram was on the passenger side.

“They thought it was a joke. The killer said, ‘Give me the bag, give me the bag’.

“Mr Waqas threw it to Khurram. The killer hit Mr Waqas with the butt of the gun in the face.

“Khurram resisted and that’s why he shot him, two times, but one shot hit him in the stomach.

“The gunman took the bag and ran away.

“Mr Waqas ran after him and the gunman fired two shots at him but they missed.”

The friend said he had also worked at a money transfer business and at closing times staff did not have large amounts of money as most cash taken during the day was deposited in the afternoon before the banks shut.

He said Mr Ashraf was not married and had no children but did have a cousin who also lived in the UK.

 ??  ?? Police at the the scene of the killing in Longsight, south Manchester
Police at the the scene of the killing in Longsight, south Manchester

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