Gang convicted of killing teenage friend of Manchester suicide bomber
A gang of 11 have been convicted of killing a childhood friend of the Manchester suicide bomber, after hunting him down and attacking him on a busy road in rush hour.
Abdul Wahab Hafidah, (18), known as Mudz to his friends, was beaten and stabbed to death in 2016 after straying into the territory of a rival gang.
A member of Manchester's tight knit Libyan community, his murder was said to have deeply affected Islamic terrorist, Salman Abedi, who murdered 22 people, many of them children, when he blew himself up at a concert at the Manchester Arena in May.
Abedi's sister, Jamona, even claimed that the brutal gang murder of his childhood friend might have been what pushed him to carry out the atrocity.
Ten men and 14-year-old boy have now been convicted of the killing, with seven found guilty of murder and four of manslaughter.
Mr Hadifah was stabbed to death in broad daylight after being chased by a gang along a busy dual carriageway in Manchester's Moss Side.
Some of the gang were armed with weapons including a knife and a hammer and after cornering Mr Hadifah violently attacked him.
He was then run over by a car being driven by one of the gang members, before being stabbed in the neck.
He died two days later in hospital from his injuries.
Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton of Greater Manchester Police said: “Abdul Hafidah lost his life under such tragic circumstances. A family have lost their son and have been put through a tremendous amount of heartache.
“This is a tragedy for everyone involved; the parents of the young men jailed today have also lost their sons.
“Moss Side is a supportive and close-knit community; incidents like this do not represent the majority of the community.
“I hope that today’s convictions show that with violence and knife crime there are no winners, and we need to stand together as a community to ensure incidents like this one don’t happen ever again.”
Alan Richardson, from the CPS, said: “This was a vicious and sustained attack on an 18-year-old man on a busy street in the middle of the rush hour.
"Abdul Wahab Hafidah was completely outnumbered by the defendants and had no possibility of defending himself. The defendants chased him as a pack, cornered him and then subjected him to an extremely violent assault."