MANCHESTER: Mohammed Aftab’s body was discovered on Dyehouse Lane, Rochdale on Monday 25 December. The 21-year-old had suffered multiple head injuries and stab wounds to his neck.
A murder investigation was launched and a 26-year-old man was arrested from Preston on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.
Paying tribute to Aftab, his father Altaf Hussain said: “There are no words to describe what has happened, what we have lost and what we could now never gained. In the last few days we have had unimaginable support from people including those we have not known. We are thankful for everyone’s love and support they have shown especially those from the Rochdale community.”
“I would like to thank the police for their support at this very difficult time, my only concern is that no family should endure what we have, the loss of a young man who had his whole life ahead of him.”
Det Insp Dave Meeney, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Since Mohammed Aftab’s body was found we have been carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the exact circumstances surrounding his death.
Aftab’s parents are from a village near Kotli in Azad Kashmir.