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Killed: Tech CEO Fahim Saleh. Photo: Reuters

Killed: Tech CEO Fahim Saleh. Photo: Reuters

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Killed: Tech CEO Fahim Saleh. Photo: Reuters

The dismembered body of a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur was found inside his luxury Manhattan condo where an electric saw was left behind, police said yesterday.

The victim, identified as Fahim Saleh, was found at around 3.30pm on Tuesday inside his luxury seventh-floor apartment on the Lower East Side. There have not been any arrests in connection with Mr Saleh's death.

A relative called police after going to check on Mr Saleh and making the gruesome discovery. Responding officers discovered a clothed torso, bags containing a head and arms, and the electric saw in the living room, police said.

Investigators also recovered security video showing Mr Saleh exiting an elevator on Tuesday afternoon closely followed by someone dressed entirely in black, according to a law enforcement official who was briefed on the case.

It also shows a struggle between the two ensuing at the entrance to the apartment, said the official, who wasn't authorised to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Mr Saleh was the CEO of ride-hailing motorcycle start-up Gokada, which began operating in Nigeria in 2018.

The company confirmed his death on Twitter yesterday and said, "Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us."

Investigators were exploring whether the killing could have been related to Mr Saleh's business dealings. They also were checking security camera video from around the neighbourhood to try to learn where the assailant fled.

Apartments in the building where Saleh's remains were found sell for more than $2m. The building was completed in 2017 as part of a wave of gentrification in the once-gritty neighbourhood.

Irish Independent