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Arrests in London stabbing that claimed life of 20-year-old

FATAL STABBING: Mujaahid Wilson

TWO MEN have been arrested in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Mujaahid Wilson in Thornton Heath, south London.

Wilson died from a single stab wound to the heart after he was assaulted on Monday (March 14).

A 23-year-old man was arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder, though was released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Two other male suspects, a 17-year-old and a 25-year-old were arrested yesterday (March 16) on suspicion of murder and were and have been bailed to a date in late April.

At this stage it is believed a group of around nine or 10 men were gathered outside Mamma's Pizza in the High Street shortly before 8.30pm. The victim arrived in a Fiat Punto and parked opposite.

He got out and approached one of the men in the group. An argument developed that quickly turned into a fight. The altercation spilled into the road, forcing cars to stop. It ended with the victim being stabbed.

The suspect then ran off at speed into Gilsland Road. He is described as black and aged around 18-25. He was wearing dark clothing and a face mask.

Officers are keen to hear from any witnesses to what happened. The motive for the attack is unclear at this stage and officers are keeping an open mind.

Appealing for witnesses, DCI Will Reynolds said: "We know from enquiries a dark Mercedes-type car had pulled up opposite Mamma's Pizza and the driver was sitting inside his vehicle while this incident took place. Afterwards he went into one of the local shops. He could have important information for us.

"There was also a moped outside the pizza shop - we would again appeal for the rider to contact us to see if he or she has information that could be useful to our inquiry."

DCI Reynolds added that he is especially keen to talk to the group of men who had gathered outside Mamma's Pizza.
He said: "It is clear the victim argued with one suspect, who we believe must have been known to him, and the rest of the group were not involved. They are being treated as witnesses and we would ask them to contact us in confidence."

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4205 or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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