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Post-mortem on stabbed Ajmol's body
A post-mortem examination is due to take place on the body of a teenager who was murdered in an apparently unprovoked attack.
Ajmol Alom, 16, a star pupil with "a very bright future" ahead of him, was stabbed in the leg after he and his friends were confronted by a gang wearing hoods and bandanas in Spey Street, Poplar, east London at 9.50pm on Monday.
Ajmol was badly wounded in the thigh, while a friend of the same age was stabbed through the cheek. Both were taken to an east London hospital, where Ajmol later died, the Metropolitan Police said.
Detectives are questioning a 19-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
Chris Dunne, headteacher at Langdon Park School, said Ajmol was a star pupil awaiting his GCSE results and had a "very bright academic future ahead of him".
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 said Ajmol's father was his cousin but did not want to be named said Ajmol lived on the Teviot Estate, where the attack took place, with his parents, two brothers and one sister. He added: "I heard they were after another boy but they got the wrong person."
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers, who is investigating the murder, said Ajmol was with a "peaceful" group of four fellow Bengalis when the unprovoked attack occurred.
Mr Chalmers said police were keeping an open mind as to whether the incident was gang related and said there were no early indications that Ajmol had any links to gangs.