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UK police seek 1987 Palestinian cartoonist's killer

Culture | 2017-08-29 14:55:19
UK police seek 1987 Palestinian cartoonist's killer
British police relaunched an investigation Tuesday into the murder of a Palestinian cartoonist 30 years to the day after he was shot dead in a London street.

Naji Salim Hussain Al-Ali, a political cartoonist for the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, was shot in the back of the neck as he walked to his office on July 22, 1987.

The 51-year-old died in a coma in hospital on August 29 that year.

Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorism Command is reopening the case, appealing for information about the gunman and a second man later seen driving away from the scene.

They feel allegiances may have shifted over time and people with information who did not come forward in 1987 may now feel able to speak.

"The brutal murder of Mr Al-Ali devastated his family and 30 years on they continue to feel the loss," CTC commander Dean Haydon said.

Ali's cartoons were sometimes perceived as critical of the Palestinian authorities and he had received several death threats.

Ali was shot in the plush Knightsbridge district.

The suspected gunman was described as being of Middle Eastern appearance and aged about 25.
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