Man shot dead in Wembley believed to be former Syrian Imam Abdul Hadi Arwani

Abdul Hadi Arwani was shot dead in Wembley yesterday morning (Pic credit: Twitter)

Abdul Hadi Arwani was shot dead in Wembley yesterday morning (Pic credit: Twitter) - Credit: Archant

Detectives have revealed that a man found dead in a car in Wembley today was shot in the chest.

The victim has not been identified by the police but he has been named locally as Abdul Hadi Arwani, a Syrian and former imam at An-noor Masjid mosque in Acton, west London.

Mr Arwan is a renowned activist and critic of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Mourners have taken to social-networking site Twitter to pay tributes to him.

‏@Hassletweets said: “Just recieved (sic) the news sheikh Abdul Hadi has beem murderd (sic) may allah grant him jannatul firdous.”

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A police spokesman said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at 11:15 hrs today to reports of a man found suffering what is believed to be gunshot injuries to his chest.

“The man, aged in his late 40s, was found sitting in a dark coloured Volkswagen Passat, in Greenhill, junction with The Paddocks, Wembley.

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“The London Air Ambulance also attended. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:48 hrs.

“Detectives believe they know the identity of the deceased, however formal identification awaits. Next of kin have been informed.

“A post mortem examination will be arranged in due course.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0400, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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