Asad Shah killer was ‘laughing and grinning’ during murder

Asad Shah who was stabbed to death outside his Glasgow newsagents only hours after posting a Happy Easter message on social media. Picture: Handout
Asad Shah who was stabbed to death outside his Glasgow newsagents only hours after posting a Happy Easter message on social media. Picture: Handout
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The man who killed popular shopkeeper Asad Shah was “laughing and grinning” when he carried out the murder, the victim’s brother has revealed.

Athar Shah, 36, was one of the only witnesses to the attack on March 24 last year, during which he was slashed in the neck as he tried to save his brother.

Sunni Muslim Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in Yorkshire, stabbed 40-year-old Asad Shah outside his store in Shawlands, Glasgow, on 24 March.

Ahmed had said he killed the popular shopkeeper because he had posted videos online in which he claimed to be a prophet.

He was jailed for a minimum of 27 years for the the “barbaric, premeditated” murder.

But almost a year after the tragedy, Asad’s brother Athar has opened up about his loss and revealed how he tried to stop the attack.

He said he heard calls from a shop assistant who said his brother needed help.

Athar, thinking he may have had an issue with a phone or computer, came upstairs from his gym in the newsagent basement to see Asad grappling with his killer.

The 36-year-old said: “I came out of the gym empty handed with just my mobile in my pocket.

“I saw Asad and his murderer outside the shop door, both standing holding on to each other.

“The murderer was holding on to my brother’s shoulder with one hand and using the other to stab him over the head.”

Athar saw his brother trying to defend himself, and ran up to grab his killer when he was slashed in the neck. He still has a scar from his injury.

He said: “I picked up the advertisement stand and started hitting him on his back and side until he fell and let go of Asad.

“He dropped the knife and I helped my brother up and supported him over my shoulder, and asked him to run with me for help.

“The murderer had managed to get up and chase us right to the bus stop and kicked me. That’s where I lost Asad.”

Athar watched as Ahmed stamped on his face and head, before returning to the bus stop.

He explained: “When my brother was breathing his last the murderer just walked away and sat on the pavement next to the bus stop laughing and grinning as if he had accomplished his job.”