Small Heath mosque death: Inquest opened and adjourned

Mohammed Saleem Mohammed Saleem walked to the mosque five times a day

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An inquest has been open and adjourned into the death of a 75-year-old man stabbed to death as he walked home from evening prayers.

Grandfather Mohammed Saleem was stabbed three times in the back after leaving Green Lane Mosque in Small Heath in Birmingham on Monday.

The driver and passenger in a people carrier seen in the area at the time of the incident who police wanted to speak to have now been identified.

Both are regarded as witnesses.

The driver was spoken to by officers on Thursday and the passenger was expected to meet police on Friday.

On Thursday, Mr Saleem's daughter, Shazia Khan, said she believed it was a "premeditated attack".

West Midlands Police still want to speak to a white male, aged between 25 and 32, seen in CCTV footage running in nearby Wyndcliffe Road about the time the stabbing occurred.

Police said he could be central to their inquiries, but could also be unconnected.

Detectives have said they are puzzled by the motive for the attack but there was no evidence he had been the victim of a robbery or a racist attack.

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