The attackers brutally beat Syed Jamanoor Islam with a baseball bat and then stabbed him several times
A 20-year-old British-Bangladeshi student was stabbed to death in front of his mother near his East London home on Tuesday.
Syed Jamanoor Islam was attacked by a group of men in Wager Street, near Mile End, at around 4:45pm (local time) on Tuesday, reports the Evening Standard.
His parents are from Sylhet, a spokesperson for the Bangla Nation TV, which posted a video of the aftermath of Syed’s stabbing on its Facebook page, told the Dhaka Tribune over phone on Thursday.
Police said they believed the victim was with friends in Wager Street when he was stabbed following an altercation.
The attackers brutally beat Syed with a baseball bat and then stabbed him several times. His friends managed to flee.
A witness said Syed’s mother was at the spot, too. His family said he was in ‘the wrong place at the wrong time’.
A friend of the victim described him to the Dhaka Tribune as a “very well-behaved and decent boy always involved in community things.”
London police said Syed was rushed to an east London hospital where he was pronounced dead just after 5:30pm (local time) on Tuesday.
A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place on Thursday.
Police say they have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.
A video posted on Facebook by Bangla Nation TV shows family members and neighbours desperately trying to save Sayed as he lay beside a car after being stabbed.
One of Sayed’s acquaintances told the Dhaka Tribune that Syed had two brothers and a sister. “He was a family boy.”
A spokesman for Tower Hamlets College said Syed, a young man with “much potential”, had studied Level 3 BTEC Business at the college and left in 2015.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs in a tweet on Wednesday said he was extremely saddened by the incident and had met the victim’s family.
He tweeted: “Dealing with knife crime is a clear priority for our borough and one I know the police and Mayor of London take very seriously.”
London police have opened an investigation into the Mile End murder. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes, leading the investigation, urged people with information about the incident to contact police.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at that time and might have seen what happened or who has any information about the circumstances,” the police said in a statement.
Source: Dhaka Tribune