Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brothers Dragged from Van by Gang of 15 and Executed; Pair Had No Chance at Hands of Mob Armed with Knives and Bats

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brothers Dragged from Van by Gang of 15 and Executed; Pair Had No Chance at Hands of Mob Armed with Knives and Bats

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Byline: RICHARD PORRITT

TWO brothers were murdered by a 15-strong gang who dragged them from their van in a quiet residential street.

Hayder Ali, 24, and Mohammad, 23, were travelling along Fircroft Road, Tooting, when a group of Asian men attacked their vehicle.

The gang surrounded the van, smashing windows and lights with baseball bats before forcing the pair out of their white Mercedes.

The brothers were then beaten and finally stabbed to death. A third man who was in the van managed to start the engine and speed away from the violent mob but the brothers were left to die in the street.

Mohammad, of Southfields, and Hayder, of Battersea, were taken by ambulance to nearby St George's Hospital but were later pronounced dead.

Eyewitness described the moment when the van was stopped by the gang and the men dragged to their death.

A 26-year-old nurse, who does not want to be named, was walking to a friend's house in Balham after a night out when she saw the vehicle brought to a halt.

She said: "I was walking along the high street with a friend. We heard shouting and screaming from all angles as a white van stopped in the road.

"Then a group of at least 15 men, all young Asians, charged towards it. Some of them were carrying knives and it looked like they all had baseball bats.

"They started hitting the van with bats, smacking at the windows, at the lights and along the side. It looked very much like a gang dispute.

"They were screaming but I could not hear what. The white van then managed to get away somehow and it drove off. Then it was complete mayhem.

"People started flooding out of restaurants, shops and curry houses. There was probably about 50 of them. They were shouting and going berserk.

They were saying 'get your cars'. At that point we got really scared so we got away as quickly as we could."

Another woman, in her fifties, who lives only yards from the murder scene, said she feared more violence. …

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