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Retaliation fears after Holloway teen killing

Islington top cop warns friends of dead 18-year-old not to do "something stupid"

18 September, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

THE borough’s most senior police officer has warned friends and associates of a teenager who was killed this week not to “do something stupid” amid fears of revenge attacks spiralling into a tit-for-tat cycle of violence.

Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli told the Tribune he was “heartbroken” when he heard of the latest killing of a teenager on his patch after Kamal Nuur, 18, was stabbed to death just off North Road, Holloway, on Monday night.

The police believe Mr Nuur was “chased and attacked” at about 8pm in Goodinge Close by two male suspects who then fled in the direction of York Way.

Forensic analysts have been conducting fingertip searches of the area 

Mr Nuur was a familiar figure in the area and several neighbours told the Tribune they often saw him with groups of friends in nearby Caledonian Park or playing football on the Market Road pitches.

Ch Supt Kohli said: “This is traumatic for this young man’s friends and family and with trauma sometimes people behave in a way they wouldn’t normally.

“That is what I am worried about, somebody being stressed and upset about what has happened to their friend and they then do something stupid.

“Nothing is going to bring this young boy back, all we can do is try to stop it happening to another family.” He added: “My number one priority is getting justice for the Nuur family and protecting anybody and everybody from reprisals.”

Mr Nuur is the third Islington teenager to be stabbed to death in the past two years. Nedim Bilgin, 17, was killed in January last year as he rode his bike along Caledonian Road.

Flowers left close to the scene of the murder 

Nobody has been charged. Alex Smith, 16, who grew up around Holloway and attended Acland Burley school in Tufnell Park, was murdered in August last year on the Regent’s Park estate in Camden.

Mr Smith was the victim of a “tit-for-tat knife attack” in a feud between several “gangs” in Camden and Islington, the Old Bailey heard earlier this year.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, who is leading the investigation into Mr Nuur’s killing, told the Tribune: “One thing we know for sure is that the incident was very, very brief, as is often the case. We know that the victim was attacked at around 8pm. Early witness accounts say that the two suspects were on North Road, they sighted the victim, then within a minute the suspects were heading off towards York Way.”

He added: “In terms of the motive and what lies behind the attack, we are very much keeping an open mind for the time being. “We are trying to piece together the victim’s movements on that day.

“We will look at a number of possibilities. It being gang motivated is one of those.

“But we don’t want to pigeonhole the investigation at this early stage.”

The killing happened a stone’s throw away from The Gower Nursery and Primary School and the Bridge Primary School for children with special educational needs.

Forensic analysts were at the scene for days conducting fingertip searches of the area while traces of blood could be seen on the pavements up North Road.

One woman, who has lived in the area for 40 years, left flowers at the scene with the simple message “rest in peace young man”. She told the Tribune: “I spoke to him 15 minutes before it happened. He had a lovely big smile. My dog had been chasing him.

“I then drove up to Archway and came back and he was dead. I can’t believe it. It’s so sad.”

Mr Nuur’s next of kin have been informed, police said. There have been no arrests.

Any witnesses or those with information are asked by police to call 101 ref CAD 7154/14 Sept.

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