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Detectives appeal for information as Hackney murder victim is named

News   •   Nov 26, 2018 13:18 GMT

Victim - Zakaria Bukar Sharif Ali

Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command have named the victim of a fatal stabbing in Hackney as they continue to appeal for witnesses and information.

Whilst formal identification has yet to take place, officers believe the victim is Zakaria Bukar Sharif Ali, aged 26.

Zakaria suffered stab wounds in Kingsland Road on the morning or Saturday, 24 November. Despite the efforts of medical professionals, he died from his injuries two hours later.

Detective Inspector Rita Tierney, who is leading the investigation, said: “Zakaria was attacked following a night out. After leaving the Rolling Stock bar, he tried to intervene in an altercation taking place outside. He was attempting to calm the incident and was stabbed as a result.”

Following initial enquiries police are keen to identify two suspects:

Suspect One is described as an olive skinned male, of Mediterranean appearance, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 10ins of stocky build with short dark hair.

Suspect Two is described as a white male, about 6ft tall, of heavy build, with fair-ginger hair and a fluffy beard.

DI Tierney added: “This is a busy and popular area of London. I know that there are people who witnessed the incident or have information concerning the identity of the suspects. I urge those people to call the incident room without delay.

“My officers are currently reviewing CCTV and forensic enquiries are underway, but we need help from the public to fill in the gaps – what was the sequence of events that began with a night out and ended in Zakaria’s tragic death?”

Police were called to Kingsland Road, near the junction with Waterson Street, E2, at 06:29hrs on Saturday, 24 November to reports of an injured man.

Officers, London’s Air Ambulance and the London Ambulance Service attended and found Zakaria Bukar Sharif Ali suffering from stab injuries.

He was taken to a central London hospital in a critical condition. He died from his injuries at 08:39hrs.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

At this early stage in the investigation, there have been no arrests and we await formal identification.

The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command investigate supported by local officers who are providing an enhanced police presence in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8345 3865, Tweet @MetCC or call 101.
Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at