Grandfather killed in Pakistan attack

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A grandfather was beaten to death by armed robbers while visiting family in Pakistan.

Jameel Ahmed, 74, was attacked by five men armed with metal bars and bats in the early hours of last Monday morning.

His wife Fatima, 73, was also badly injured after the gang broke into the house where they were staying in the capital, Islamabad.

Mr and Mrs Ahmed, of Green Avenue, Great Lever, Bolton, handed over their cash, jewellery and car keys, before the men carried out the brutal assault.

Father-of-five Mr Ahmed, a retired bus driver and respected community leader, went to protect his wife but was knocked unconscious by a blow to the back of the head, which fractured his skull.

Mrs Ahmed was also knocked unconscious and the couple were tied up by the gang, who fled in the stolen car.

She raised the alarm when she woke up and the couple were taken to hospital but it was too late to save Mr Ahmed.

His nephew, Abid Shakeel, aged 36, told the Bolton News: "Everyone is in shock. It has not sunk in yet and it won't until my aunt and my cousins come home.

"It's just truly, truly horrific.

"It's the manner in which everything happened.

"It's very raw at the moment and very difficult to accept why it has happened."

Police in Pakistan have launched a murder inquiry and it is understood one man has been arrested in connection with the robbery.