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Arrest made after killing of Glasgow newsagent

01 April 2016

PA

Loss to the community: people gather for a memorial on the street, as a vigil for Asad Shah is held, on Saturday 

Loss to the community: people gather for a memorial on the street, as a vigil for Asad Shah is held, on Saturday 

A MAN from Bradford, Tanveer Ahmed, aged 32, has been charged with the murder of a Glasgow newsagent, Asad Shah.

Mr Ahmed appeared in court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody until 5 April. He did not enter a plea to the murder charge.

Mr Shah was found fatally wounded outside his shop on Maundy Thursday evening. He was a member of the Ahmadi Muslim community, having moved from Pakistan to Scotland in the 1990s.

A few hours before the attack he had posted a Facebook message wishing friends “a Good Friday and a very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation”, adding: “Let’s follow the real footsteps of beloved holy Jesus and get the real success in both worlds.”

Police have spoken of a belief that the attack on Mr Shah was religiously motivated.

An online fund-raising page set up by his customers had raised £95,000 by Wednesday. They described Mr Shah as “a popular, well respected and much loved member of our community. . . He was more than just our local shopkeeper. He was a friend to many.”

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