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Man brutally stabbed to death in broad daylight

Police forensic officer searching following the brutal murder
Police forensic officer searching following the brutal murder

A murder investigation has been launched after a man in his 20s was stabbed to death in broad daylight in north London.

The victim, named on Wednesday as Ali Nasrollahi, 22, was found collapsed on a residential street in the Woodside Park area of Barnet, north London, UK, on Tuesday afternoon.

Police and the London Ambulance Service were called to the scene at the junction of Woodside Grange Road and Grange Way at around 2.43pm.

Paramedics treated the victim for a single stab wound and he was taken to hospital but died a short while later.

A woman living near the scene, who did not want to be named, said: "Nowadays there are stabbings every day. When it's close to you, it's frightening, it's scary. I feel so sorry for the poor boy who's lost his life."

One witness who tried to save the victim told the Evening Standard that he arrived in a car with his girlfriend before having a row with a man over a £120 debt.

They told the newspaper: "You could hear shouting. They were saying, 'You were supposed to give me my £120, why didn't you bring my £120?' Then three men turned up in a car and they all got into an argument. One of them then slashed him across the chest.

"I ran out with tea towels and tried to save him by putting pressure on his chest wound. By this time his girlfriend had got out of the car when she saw him staggering away, and was just screaming and screaming, 'They have stabbed him', and while he was on the floor, she was screaming, 'Ali, I love you, I love you, Ali'.

"She was praying there on the floor next to him and reciting the Koran while he was in and out of consciousness. It was terrible. I couldn't sleep last night, all I can see is his face."

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating the death and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector Julie Willats, said on Wednesday: "We know that the victim had driven to Woodside Grange Road with one of his friends and met up with another friend, who had also driven there. At some stage, the victim interacted with a group of up to four suspects, during that interaction we believe he was stabbed.

"The group of suspects then ran off down Grange Way and into an alleyway that leads onto Woodside Avenue."

So far no arrests have been made.