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Teen Stabbing Death: Arrest Over London Killing
A 16-year-old boy has died and another is in hospital with facial injuries after a knife attack in east London.
The two teenagers were attacked by a group of men wearing bandanas and hoods in Spey Street, Poplar, east London, at around 9.50pm on Monday.
Ajmol Alom was pronounced dead at hospital, while the other 16-year-old is still being treated for his injuries, which are not life-threatening.
A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday morning and has been questioned.
Ajmol's headteacher at Langdon Park School, Chris Dunne, described Ajmol as a "splendid young man" who had a bright academic future ahead of him.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers said Ajmol, who was of Bengali origin, was with Bengali friends when he was attacked.
Speaking at the scene, he said: "Initial indications are that Ajmol was with four friends. They were peaceful, they were conducting conversations at the location, Spey Street, which is behind me.
"They were then confronted by five to six other males who were wearing bandanas and were hooded.
"There appears to have been an unprovoked attack when the victim received his facial injuries and then Ajmol was stabbed."
Mr Chalmers said police were keeping an open mind as to whether the attack was gang related, adding that "initial indications are that Ajmol was not linked to any gangs".
Mr Dunne said the youngster was due to receive "good" GSCE results next Thursday.
He said: "Hardworking, industrious, but also a very caring and thoughtful young man. He was very able in all areas, but that didn't mean he didn't work incredibly hard."
Mr Dunne added that Ajmol was planning to take A-levels before going on to a "very good university" where he had spoken of studying medicine.
He said the teenager had recently taken part in a conflict resolution project with other young people from Northern Ireland, in which he was "hugely active".
A man, who claimed to be a relative, said the teenager was predicted to get an A* in his maths GCSE but "was hanging around with the wrong crowd".
"He was really quiet, he was into sports. He was really into boxing and got a medal for it," he said.
Ajmol's family has been told about his death and a post-mortem examination will be held, Scotland Yard said.
Former mayor of Tower Hamlets Doros Ullah said he visited the murder scene after hearing what had happened.
He said: "The chap that got killed was a very good boy. He used to pray five times a day.
"He was not someone who had been involved in any trouble in the past."
Mr Ullah said he had been told the teenager was the victim of mistaken identity.
He said: "There was an incident in the past involving the boys from this area and another area and we believe that it is a repercussion of that, that the boys from the other area decided to come back and take revenge so it's a territorial gang problem."