Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother Who Fled War Stabbed to Death in Her Flat

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother Who Fled War Stabbed to Death in Her Flat

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Byline: Matt Watts and Justin Davenport

A MOTHER of three who escaped from war-torn Republic of Congo in the 1990s was stabbed to death after a suspected row at her London home.

Victim Maria Mbombo, 46, was attacked in her flat at Belsize Park shortly after midday yesterday. Police and paramedics went to the address but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder after walking into a local convenience store to buy cigarettes and asking the owner to phone the police.

Shopkeeper Gulhalim Afghanyar told the Standard: "As he was leaving he said, 'Please can you call the police? I'm in trouble."

Mr Afghanyar dialled 999 and said that minutes later officers arrested the suspect, who had collapsed outside the shop with a knife wound. Scotland Yard confirmed a man of 56 was arrested.

He was taken to hospital suffering from a knife injury but is not thought to be seriously hurt. Police said they are not looking for anyone else. …

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