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Digbeth warehouse raid: Akhtar Javeed killed by shotgun

Akhtar Javeed Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Police said Akhtar Javeed was found covered in blood lying in a street by his premises in Digbeth

A company director killed during a warehouse raid died from a shotgun wound to the neck, a post-mortem has revealed.

Masked men raided Akhtar Javeed's fast food and drink warehouse in the Digbeth area of Birmingham on 3 February.

West Midlands Police said they are treating the incident as a "targeted robbery attempt".

National Ballistics Intelligence Service experts said the weapon used was not linked to another crime.

Officers now want to speak to a taxi driver who was seen in the area to help their inquiries.

Acting Det Ch Insp Martin Slevin said the vehicle, which is believed to be a private hire saloon car, was seen driving from Rea Street South to MacDonald Street at about 18:40 GMT.

"It happened at a time when other people may have been leaving work for the day and someone may have seen what happened or have important information about the suspects," he said.

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Media captionFamily friend Asad Shan: "He was the most innocent soul I ever knew"

Assad Shan, who lived opposite Mr Javeed in East Ham, London, said he was shocked by what had happened to his friend.

"[He] was like the most innocent soul that I personally knew," he said.

"I think it's probably one of the worst things to happen to our area."

Image caption Police are looking to trace a taxi that drove from Rea Street South, pictured, onto MacDonald Street around the time Akhtar Javeed was killed

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