Two arrested over takeaway girl's murder

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was shot in the neck at a takeaway restaurant, police said today.

Agnes Sina-Inakoju, 16, was standing with a group of her friends inside the fast food outlet in east London on Wednesday evening when detectives believe a shot was fired through the window.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said two men were arrested last night in connection with her murder.

The two arrested were 21 and 16, police said.

Officers said they did not believe the teenager had been the intended target of the shooting.

Detective Chief Inspector John Crossley, who is leading the investigation, said: "At this stage I do not believe Agnes was the intended target, which makes this case all the more tragic."

Speaking earlier this week he explained: "Her family are understandably devastated by their loss and struggling to come to terms with the fact Agnes has had her young life cut short in such terrible circumstances."

Police were called shortly after 7pm on Wednesday to Hoxton Chicken and Pizza fast food outlet in Hoxton Street, Hackney.

Agnes was taken by ambulance to an east London hospital where she died on Friday morning.

Officers believe two youths in their late teens approached the shop on mountain bikes.

One fired a shot through the window, hitting Agnes.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were keeping an open mind about the reason for the shot being fired and it was too early in the investigation to say if the incident was gang-related.

The shooting is being dealt with by detectives from the Met's Operation Trident - the unit which investigates serious gun crime in the capital.