Weapons found in exile murder case

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Police investigating the murder of a Pakistani politician in London said yesterday they had recovered a knife and a brick used in the attack.

Dr Imran Farooq, 50, died from stab wounds and head injuries after he was attacked outside his home in Edgware, north London. Scotland Yard said the brick and the kitchen knife, which has a 51/2in blade, were found in Green Lane, where the attack took place shortly before 5.30pm on 16 September.

Detectives from the Specialist Operations Counter Terrorism Command, who are leading the murder hunt, are trying to trace two Asian men in connection with the killing of Dr Farooq, a prominent member of Pakistan's MQM party. No arrests have been made. Dr Farooq was in exile in the UK after fleeing his homeland 11 years ago.

Police believe the killing may have been politically motivated. A spokesman said: "A number of witnesses have contacted police, but officers believe there are other people who may hold vital information about the incident."