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Fatal stabbing ‘triggered by cigarette row’

Murder: Police at scene of attack PICTURE: SWNS

A MAN was stabbed to death in ‘a row over cigarettes’ on a night of violence in London that left three others fighting for their lives in separate attacks.

The unnamed victim, aged in his 30s, had his throat slashed in an attack at 2.40am yesterday. He is the 11th person to be killed in the capital so far this year. Seven have been stabbings.

Muhammad Khan, assistant manager at the off licence in East Dulwich, south-east London, where the murder occurred, said the attacker was armed with a 6in blade.

Both men involved in the row were in their 30s or 40s, he added.

‘The guy with the knife asked for free cigarettes,’ said Mr Khan. ‘They had an argument and he took out a knife. Everyone tried to stop him.’

In a separate attack, a boy of 16 was knifed in Hayes, west London. Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police were also called to the shooting of a boy of 17 in Isleworth, west London, at 7.15pm on Saturday. And a man aged 29, and woman, 24, were held after a 23-year-old man was stabbed in Neasden, north-west London. He remains ‘critically ill’.