Family issues appeal after Omani student killed in London

Family issues appeal after Omani student killed in London
Family issues appeal after Omani student killed in London

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - The family of an Omani student stabbed to death in central London earlier this month has hit out at speculation over his death.

“The motives for this horrific attack are unknown and the varying reports printed in some of the press have caused even more distress. Until the circumstances and details of this heinous crime are fully substantiated, we respectfully ask for the space and silence to grieve as a family,” said a family statement.

London’s Metropolitan Police referred The National to its most recent statement on the matter on December 8, which said: “It does appear that the motive for this cowardly attack was robbery. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.”

Mr Al Araimi, the son of a prominent businessmen, was studying politics and economics at King’s College London.

“Last Friday Dec 6th will be etched in the minds of our close-knit family forever. While going about our daily lives in Muscat we had little idea of the tragic and unexpected events unfolding in London that have irreversibly changed the course of our family’s lives. Our hearts are eternally broken,” the family said.

“We have full confidence in the Metropolitan Police and their ability to bring this investigation to a speedy and just conclusion. Mohamed has now returned to his maker, May God have mercy on his soul,” the family statement said.

Police said Mr Al Araimi and unnamed friend, who was also injured but has since been discharged from hospital, were “entirely blameless” following the attack just after midnight. They had been enjoying a meal.

A poem by Mr Al Araimi’s cousin, Fatma Al Ardhi, read: “It is a huge loss for me. He never was just my cousin. I loved him as a son, treated him as a brother and always saw him as a dear friend of mine.”

Police had said the murder of Mohamed Al Araimi, 20, was part of an attempted robbery outside Harrods in London’s upmarket area of Knightsbridge in the early hours of December 6. It had been reported muggers were targeting his watch, believed to be a Rolex.

Updated: December 12, 2019 06:46 PM

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