£20,000 reward for info on convenience store killer


Ahmed Deen-Jah was stabbed to death in east London five years ago (Met Police)

Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information about a killer who stabbed a man to death in east London five years ago.

Ahmed Deen-Jah, 24, died after being attacked at the BJ Wines convenience store in Freemasons Road, Canning Town on April 2, 2017.

On Friday, officers released new CCTV footage of a person they would like to speak to as part of their investigation.

Shortly after the fourth anniversary of his death, Ahmed’s younger brother, Abubakkar Junior Jah, was also stabbed to death near Coolfin Road.

Ten people have been arrested in connection with Abubakkar’s murder and the investigation continues.

CCTV image of a man the police want to speak to (Met Police)

CCTV image of a man the police want to speak to (Met Police)

The day Ahmed died, he went to BJ Wines to buy a lighter.

The killer chased Ahmed into the store before attacking him, fatally stabbing him in the heart and causing multiple slash wounds to one of his hands.

Ahmed received emergency first aid from medics, but died at the scene shortly thereafter.

Witnesses reported seeing the suspect get into a black Mercedes, which was parked outside the store.

Two other men are also believed to have been in the car, which fled before police arrived. The car had been reported stolen a few days earlier.

Image of a man the police want to speak to (Met Police)

Image of a man the police want to speak to (Met Police)

Speaking in 2017, Ahmed’s father Abubakarr Jah said: “Ahmed was a handsome and kind boy. He wanted to do something with his life. Now we have lost it. He didn’t deserve this to happen.

“Young people must lay down their knives and stop the violence. It destroys families and communities.”

DCI Kelly Allen, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘It is hard to imagine the pain and grief that Ahmed’s parents have gone through over the past five years after losing two of their children in such circumstances. horrible.

“I’m sure someone will find out who was responsible for Ahmed’s death and will be able to provide the information we need to bring closure to his family.

“We know that Ahmed was involved in a local gang and unfortunately I have to keep an open mind that this was a factor that led to his death.

“I know that people involved in gangs feel unable to speak to the police, either for fear of reprisals or a lack of confidence.

“I want to assure you that any information will be treated confidentially and that we can take steps to protect your identity.”

She added that those who may have felt unable to come forward at the time of Ahmed’s death might feel differently five years later.

Three people, all aged 23, were arrested and released under investigation while three men were released without further action.

Anyone with information that could help the police is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 1570. Alternatively, call 101 quoting CAD 5326/02Apr17.


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