Somali Student stabbed outside South Harrow Tube station loses fight for life

Hussein Ahmed was dragged from his bike and stabbed
Hussein Ahmed was dragged from his bike and stabbed

A student who was dragged from his bike by a gang of thugs outside a Tube station and stabbed in the chest has died in hospital, police said today.

Hussein Ahmed, 19, who was thought to be studying at Uxbridge College, was attacked near South Harrow station.

His family, from Edgware, had maintained a bedside vigil in hospital but allowed his life-support machine to be turned off yesterday. He was the 12th teenager to be stabbed to death on the streets of London this year and the second this month.

The Metropolitan police today said its investigation had become a murder inquiry as it appealed for witnesses. Four men, aged in their late teens and early 20s, have been bailed until early December after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The attack happened about 5.10pm last Friday outside Kebabish takeaway on Northolt Road. A post mortem was being held today at Northwick Park hospital mortuary in Harrow.

The teenager, who had two brothers and five sisters, was described by friends as a “lovely, enthusiastic young man with a smile permanently etched on his face” who played for a local football team and was never involved in gangs.

A close friend who gave his name as Kadzo, 17, said: “Hussien was like an older brother to me. There’s absolutely no reason why anyone would want to hurt him. He wasn’t involved in the violence of the street, he had no interest in it.

“His ambitions were to earn money and to look after his family. He was a peacemaker and had a clean, humble heart… We will always feel his presence his smile was contagious, always making jokes. He just got caught up in the wrong place.”

College friend Xhei Molla said: “He doesn’t deserve what happened and it’s truly devastating.”

Another friend said: “His life was taken from him by knife violence, he didn’t deserve that, he wasn’t involved in anything like that. A mother has lost her son because someone thought it was OK to carry a knife.”



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