A racist killer was feared to be on the loose in Birmingham last night after a 75-year-old Muslim, retired baker with five daughters, two sons and 22 grandchildren, Mohammed Saleem had lived in Little Green Lane, Small Heath, Birmingham, with his wife, for 40 years. The man was murdered on his way home from evening prayer. Mr Saleem, who walked with a stick, was knifed four times in the back so viciously on Monday night that the wounds penetrated his chest. The man had no “defensive wounds”, was not robbed and his family have said there was no reason they knew why anyone would want to hurt him.
Yesterday, West Midlands Police launched a public appeal to trace a suspect caught on CCTV near the scene of the attack, which detectives believe could be racially motivated.