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'Bladed weapon' used to kill teenager in Cardiff house

Aamir Siddiqi died after being stabbed at a Cardiff house
Aamir Siddiqi died after being stabbed at his family home

A teenager was stabbed to death after two masked man forced their way into his family home, police have revealed.

Aamir Siddiqi, 17, was murdered and his mother and father were injured trying to help him as he was attacked at home in the Roath area of Cardiff on Sunday.

His family described him as "a kind and sensitive gentleman" who had a place at Cardiff University after his A-levels.

South Wales Police are seeking two men, both of Asian appearance, seen leaving the area at the time.

Flowers have been left outside the property following Aamir's death and tributes have been paid by friends on a Facebook page.

Police said two men armed with a "bladed weapon" forced their way into the house in Ninian Road at around 1340 BST and attacked Aamir.

His parents, aged 55 and 68, were also injured but were later discharged from hospital following treatment.

Det Ch Supt Stuart McKenzie, who is leading the investigation, said: "Officers immediately attended the scene where they administered first aid while paramedics were en route to the house.

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Teenager Aamir Siddiqi was killed with a bladed weapon in his home in Cardiff

"Aamir was then taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he tragically died.

"This was a horrific incident witnessed by Aamir's mother and father who were both injured in their attempts to come to their son's assistance."

"Aamir was a talented young man from a loving family who had a bright future ahead of him.

"There is no motive at this stage as to why anyone would wish to harm Aamir and extensive inquiries are under way to trace those responsible."

Police are trying find two men seen leaving the area after the incident and heading towards Shirley Road.

One is described as being of Asian appearance, aged in his late 20s, of average height, with a stocky build. He had dark hair and was wearing dark clothing.

Incidents like this are extremely rare in Cardiff as they are across south Wales but extra patrols have already been put in place
Ch Supt Bob Tooby, South Wales Police

The second man is also described as being of Asian appearance, aged in his early 20s, of slim build, and 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall. He was wearing a white jacket with a grey stripe down the sleeves.

As they were leaving the area they were seen pulling black knitted balaclavas over their faces, said police.

A major incident room has been set up at Cardiff Central Police Station.

Ch Supt Bob Tooby, divisional commander for Cardiff, said: "This was an extremely serious and unusual incident and I wish to reassure residents and the wider community that a full investigation is ongoing to arrest those responsible.

"Aamir's family and friends are understandably going through an unbelievably traumatic time and we at South Wales Police are doing all we can to support them.

"Incidents like this are extremely rare in Cardiff as they are across south Wales but extra patrols have already been put in place."

In a statement released through police, his family said: "Aamir was passionate about sport and especially cricket, American football, and football. He liked to commentate as well as participate.

"He was keen on current events and politics and wanted to do law and had a place at Cardiff University after his exams.

"He was like his dad - he was a gentleman, kind and sensitive and really funny."

Police said Aamir's family have been appointed family liaison officers to support them during the investigation and keep them fully updated on developments.

Tributes paid by friends included one which called him "one of the nicest 17-year-olds I ever met".

Another said he was a "very nice person" who would be "missed greatly".

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Cardiff Central Police Station on 02920 571530 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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