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Pimlico Teenager Killing: Man Arrested
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death in an "horrific and vicious attack".
Police investigating the killing of 16-year-old Hani Hicham Abou El Kheir in Pimlico, central London, detained the suspect in north London during early morning raids across the capital.
On Sunday evening, shortly before 7pm, officers were called to reports of a youth stabbed near Lupus Street.
When they arrived, they found Hani who was taken to King's College Hospital but later died.
A post-mortem found the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
Police, who are appealing for more witnesses to come forward, say they believe at least 10 youths were involved in the attack. They are keeping an open mind about any motive.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Attewell, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "The tragic events of last Sunday have left Hani's mother and wider family completely devastated.
"Hani's mother has lost her only child and is still coming to terms with the heartbreaking events that have led to the death of her son.
"I am directly appealing to the parents and carers of those believed to be involved - if you have slightest indication that your child may have been involved in this incident I encourage you to get them to hand themselves into the police.
"Failing to do so will result in my officers pursuing them until we have caught all those responsible.
"Likewise, there will be a number of young people who will have information about the course of events that day. Parents, we urge you to encourage your children to come and speak to us.
"We understand that some might have some concerns with speaking to the police but it is important that they do so and we can offer reassurance and support for those that can assist us with our enquiries.
"Hani suffered an horrific and sustained vicious attack, and as we continue to actively seek those involved I am giving those who were there a chance to hand themselves in now before we come looking for you.
"We will relentlessly pursue to the nth degree all those we believe to be involved that day.
"The local community have and continue to support us in our efforts and a large team of detectives is currently working tirelessly on this case. Local Safer Neighbourhood teams will remain in the area to reassure locals and address any concerns residents may have."
Any witnesses or anyone with any information should contact the incident room on 0208 345 3715; if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.