Murder inquiry launched after man dies following unprovoked Edinburgh bus stop attack

A murder inquiry has been launched following the death of a man who was attacked in a "completely random and unprovoked assault" at an Edinburgh bus stop.

Nashir Ahmed, 65, and his friend were approached and set upon by another man at around 8.30pm on Sunday 10 March.

Emergency services attended and both victims were taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Mr Ahmed died in hospital on Friday and detectives are treating his death as murder.

A detective investigating the case said officers are following a "number of positive lines of enquiry".

Mr Ahmed's friend, a 48-year-old man, was discharged after receiving treatment for serious leg and facial injuries.

'This was a completely random and unprovoked assault'

The incident occurred in the city's Ferry Road, near the intersection between Great Junction Street and Coburg Street.

Detective Chief Inspector George Calder said: "Our thoughts and condolences are with Mr Ahmed's family and the other victim and specialist officers are supporting them during this extremely difficult time.

"This was a completely random and unprovoked assault on Mr Ahmed and his friend and it is absolutely vital that we trace the individual responsible for this despicable and senseless crime."

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The suspect is described as black, around 30-years-old, with short dark hair. At the time of the attack he was wearing a red tartan scarf and a long black jacket with a hood.

'We are following a number of positive lines of enquiry'

DCI Calder added: "Ferry Road would have been busy around the time and we would continue to urge anyone who witnessed this attack as well as anyone with dashcam or private CCTV footage of the area which could be of significance, to please get in touch.

"Incidents of this nature can understandably cause concern to the local community. However, we are following a number of positive lines of enquiry and there will continue to be additional patrols in the area to provide reassurance."