Leytonstone car stabbings: Men killed in a 'ferocious attack'

Aaron Carriere (left) and Josiah Manful Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Aaron Carriere (left) and Josiah Manful were found on Saturday

Two men who were found fatally stabbed in a car in east London were murdered in a "ferocious attack" by a hooded gang, police have said.

Aaron Carriere, 21, and Josiah Manful, 20, from east London, were set upon by a group armed with knives as they sat in a black Ford Fiesta in Montague Road, Leytonstone.

The pair were discovered by officers just before 01:00 GMT on Saturday.

Detectives said CCTV would form a "key part" of the investigation.

Post-mortem examinations found Mr Carriere was stabbed in the neck while Mr Manful died from stab wounds to the chest, shock and haemorrhaging.

Witnesses told officers that a group of five people began "attacking the car quite ferociously from both sides", after it had driven into the road.

The victims were found in the driver and front passenger seats.

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Image caption Forensic officers searched at the site of the double murder investigation

Police have assured witnesses they can have their identities protected and any information they offer will be treated in confidence.

Det Ch Insp Neil Attewell said: "At the moment it's not clear why these two men were targeted and murdered.

"They were stabbed several times, they suffered significant injuries. The attack can only be described as ferocious."

Officers are trying to work out the pair's movements on the night of their murders.

Police have refused to discuss whether either of the men were already known to them or whether the murder may have been linked to a gang.

No arrests have been made and no weapons have been recovered.

A double murder investigation has been launched and an incident room has been established in Barking.

Police are appealing for witnesses to call 0208 345 3715 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Image caption The men were found on Montague Road, in Leytonstone

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