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Stepney stab victim died in front of family, neighbours say

PUBLISHED: 19:07 04 April 2011 | UPDATED: 10:51 05 April 2011

Master's Street was cordoned off by police

Master's Street was cordoned off by police

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Neighbours in a street where a man was stabbed to death over the weekend said he was attacked in front of his family.

The 24-year-old, named as Kowshar Hussain, was stabbed in Master’s Street, Stepney Green in the early hours of Saturday morning.

East Enders living close to the scene said they believe it was a case of mistaken identity.

His wife and sister were said to be in the car with him before he was attacked.

Kamal Hussain, who lives on nearby Bale Road, said: “People have been saying there was a fight but he was innocent.

“This was a bad area for gangs and fights about ten or twelve years ago but it has been getting better. This is very shocking. You don’t expect someone to be killed on your doorstep.”

Another resident, Michael Rahman said: “There are gangs around here and I don’t think it’s getting better.

“I heard he was caught up in it but was innocent.”

Duckett Street which leads onto Master’s Street was cordoned off by police this afternoon.

Officers were also patrolling along Shandy Park in the Ocean’s Estate which is close to the crime scene.

The victim, from Chudleigh Street, Limehouse was pronounced dead at an east London hospital shortly after the attack and his net of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem was carried out yesterday and gave cause of death as stab injuries.

Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command have opened a murder investigation which is being led by DCI Caroline Goode.

Two men were arrested yesterday in connection with the death and are in custody at south London police stations.

Anyone with information should call 020 8721 4868.


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