Nottinghamshire Police launch CCTV appeal for the killer of Aqib Mazhar

Detectives investigating the murder of 21-year-old Aqib Mazhar from Nottingham nearly two years ago have released CCTV footage in a bid to find the killer.

A reward was launched by the independent charity Crimestoppers last week of £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered Aqib Mazhar in Forest Fields.

Aqib and a friend were travelling along Russell Road at around 8.30pm on 1 June 2016, when a group of men travelling in three vehicles, saw him and blocked his car.

In the CCTV footage, you can see the men attacking the vehicle with bars and knives and a man circled in red who delivers the fatal blow to Aqib.

This man has never been held to account.

Five other men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 44 years for manslaughter following the death. They were: Mohamud Alasow now 20; Junaid Farrukh now 23; Mohammed Qasim now 26; Qamran Ahmed now 23 and Hamza Omar Adam now 19.

Aqib Mazhar

Aqib’s mum, Shameem Akhtar still lives in the area and issued an emotional appeal to anyone with information earlier this month.

The family has been left devastated having never been able to get the closure that they need.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Severn, who is running the investigation, said: “We have pursued all avenues available to us in order to catch this heartless killer.

“We are asking everyone to watch this video and please contact us if they think they have any information that could lead to identifying him.

“We know that he is probably young, local man, and is probably part of the group who were jailed.

“You can contact Crimestoppers completely anonymously and you could be eligible for this cash reward.”

City Chief Inspector Donna Lawton said: “This horrific incident highlights the devastating impact that knife crime can have on families and their communities and we really hope that someone comes forward as a result of this appeal.

“Carrying a knife is completely unacceptable and our knife crime team along with every other police officer will keep targeting this issue, removing any weapons they come across and proactively arresting those who possess one.”

If you do have any information about the death of Aqib Mazhar, please call us on 101 quoting incident 820 of 1 June 2016. The Crimestoppers number is 0800 555 111. 

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