Police hunting four Iraqi men for Longsight murder

Huner Anwar Ali

Police investigating the death of a man stabbed to death in Longsight are looking for four Iraqi men.

A murder hunt was launched following the death of 24-year-old Huner Anwar Ali on October 31.

Police were called to Parry Road in Longsight following reports a man had been stabbed.

Huner, who recently travelled to the UK from Iraq, was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries.

It is believed that Huner knew his attackers and was involved in a dispute with another group of Iraqi men, with connections to the Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire area, who confronted Huner and a friend.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Crewe said:  “Our inquiries have been ongoing for nearly four weeks and those responsible for Huner’s killing have still not done the decent thing and come forward.

“As Huner’s family have said, they want justice and we need to find these men as soon as possible.

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“We have established that Huner had recently travelled to the UK from Iraq and subsequently met another group of Iraqi born men.

“The two parties lived together briefly before falling out. We believe this group of four men were involved in his murder that night and have connections in the Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire area.”

He added: “It is therefore very important for the family’s peace of mind that we trace these four men and bring them to justice, so I would ask people to listen to the words of Huner’s family and please, if you know something, do the right thing and call us.”

Paying tribute to Huner his brother and sister in-law, who asked not to be named, said: “He was a loving brother, son, brother in law and a great uncle, who will be truly deeply missed. He was a pleasure to be around and many people have many memories.

“He will never be forgotten – he will always live on within our hearts.

“We are truly sorry to have lost such a great person.

“He was a funny person and he would always have a smile on his face.

“He was always up for a laugh and being a big kid.

“Huner was settled in Manchester and made new friends at the Manchester Academy and he had his whole life ahead of him, but fate decided something else.

“We hope those responsible are severely punished and brought to justice.”

A second man, aged 23, also suffered stab wounds and was taken to hospital for treatment.

His injuries were not life-threatening and he was later released.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 1722 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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