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Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Mohammed Abdullah Al Araimi in Knightsbridge have released descriptions of two men they suspect of being involved in the attack in Brompton Road on Friday, 6 December.

Mohammed was a 20-year-old Omani national who lived in London, and was studying at Kings College, studying politics and economics.

The two men officers wish to trace as described as:

– An Asian man, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with black hair and a full beard. He was wearing a dark hat, blue top, dark trousers and black footwear.

– A black man, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, of medium build, with black hair and a thin beard. He was wearing a green jacket with a hood, blue jeans and black footwear.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, of Specialist Crime, is leading the murder investigation. He said: “I am appealing directly to anyone who has information on the identity of these two suspects.

“We know that Mohammed and his friend were returning home from a restaurant when they were approached and assaulted by two male suspects on Basil Street at the junction of Pavilion Road. Following the attack, the suspects fled on foot along Basil Street in the direction of Sloane Street.

“We believe the motive was robbery, the victim and his friend were followed and targeted by the two suspects, though nothing was taken during the attack.

“I know there will be individuals out there who possess valuable information and I implore you to do the right thing. An innocent man has needlessly lost his life. Mohammed’s family have been left utterly shocked and devastated at his untimely death.

“Those responsible must, and will, be brought to justice. In order for us to do so, we need to hear from those people who know the identity of those responsible for this cowardly attack.”

Mohammed’s brother, Raid Al Araimi, joined police to support the public appeal for information. “As a family we are all grieving at the loss of Mohammed. He only went out for a meal with a friend and never came home,” he said. “If anyone knows who is responsible, or believes they know who was involved in this attack, please do the right thing and tell the police.

“We would not want another family to suffer like we are suffering. Please come forward.”

Police were initially called to Brompton Road, SW1 shortly after midnight on Friday, 6 December following reports of a stabbing. Officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended and found Mohammed suffering a stab injury. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.39am.

A post-mortem examination took place at Westminster Mortuary on Friday, 6 December and gave cause of death as a stab wound.

A second man, aged 20, a friend of Mohammed’s, who was also found suffering injuries was taken to hospital for treatment; he has since been discharged.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or call police on 101 quoting the reference Cad 3/6Dec. You can also tweet @MetCC.