Four teens arrested following fatal stabbing of 20-year-old in London

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The victim, 20-year-old Syed Jamanoor Islam, was an ‘aspiring artist and business student’. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA

The father of Syed Jamanoor Islam, the 20-year-old stabbed to death in east London last Tuesday, has spoken of how he lost his first-born son in “his mother’s arms”, following the arrest of four teenagers on suspicion of his murder.

Suspects aged 15, 17 and 18, were arrested in the early hours of Sunday in South Yorkshire and are being held at a south London police station. Another 18-year-old was arrested and bailed last Wednesday.

Police were called on 11 April to Wager Street, Mile End, following reports of a stabbing. Syed, an aspiring artist and business student, was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to hospital. Detectives believe he was involved in an altercation after being approached by a group of males while standing with his friends, but the motive of the stabbing has not yet been established.

A video posted on social media shows members of the public attempting to give the victim CPR before emergency services arrived.

Det Ch Insp Tony Lynes said: “We are still 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.”

During a week in which two other young men died in similar incidents, Syed’s father, Syed Abdul Mukit, called for an end to knife violence. “We would like to see full justice and those guilty to be punished to the maximum extent of the law,” he said.

“It is about time we as community members stand up against violence, injustice and hate in the community. I am requesting each and every family in the country to address this important issue of the rise in crime, in particular knife crime, in our society.

“My family, friends and our community and political leaders are making efforts to build awareness so that no other father or mother loses a child to such violence.”

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