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Hunt continues for Walsall delivery driver killers

Yasar Abbas Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Yasar Abbas was targeted, police said

Police hunting the killers of a takeaway driver have made a fresh appeal for information.

Yasar Abbas, 28, was set upon by three masked men, in Walsall, on 13 April 2013 and died four days later.

Officers said he had been lured to an address on Madison Avenue by a false takeaway order, before being set upon by three masked men.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from head injuries inflicted by a "heavy bladed weapon".

Mr Abbas, whose wife was expecting their second child at the time, underwent three operations to try and relieve swelling around his brain before he died.

Police said nine people had been arrested in the last 12 months and all remain on bail.

'Justice for family'

Det Insp Gary Plant said: "Yasar was a well-liked, popular member of the community − literally thousands of people turned out for his funeral.

"I'd urge anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers and help us get justice for his family."

Mr Abbas's wife Shabnam Bi said the last year had gone by "slowly and painfully".

"My four-year-old is so distressed he keeps asking me when his daddy is coming back home and he has been excited about his birthday coming up as he thinks his dad will come back for it," she said.

"What makes it all worse is that the people who have made us suffer so much are still out there."

West Midlands Police believe the attackers arrived in a dark-coloured car that was parked in Rippon Road and left immediately after the attack.

Officers said they were keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing a car matching that description or a blue 62-plate BMW 5-series seen in the area earlier that night.

Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Mr Abbas's second son was born after the attack

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