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Six arrested after "savage" attack on teenage asylum

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Six arrested after "savage" attack on teenage asylum

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over a "savage" attack that left a teenage asylum seeker fighting for his life.

Four men and two women in their 20s are being held at a south London police station for questioning, Scotland Yard said.

Government minister Gavin Barwell condemned the "appalling" attack that police are treating as a suspected hate crime.

The 17-year-old victim, a Kurdish Iranian, was waiting at a bus stop with two friends outside The Goat pub in Croydon, south-east London, when the group approached them.

After discovering he was an asylum seeker they chased him and launched a vicious assault, repeatedly kicking him on the floor and aiming blows to his head.

The teenager suffered serious head and facial injuries, including a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain, and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

His two friends escaped with minor injuries, Scotland Yard said, as officers were in the process of contacting the teenager's next of kin.

Police believe he was approached by about eight suspects shortly before the attack in Shrublands Avenue at 11.40pm on Friday.