Shopkeeper stabbed to death by man 'using machete' as witnesses claim killer ran through streets covered in blood
- A shopkeeper has been killed in the stabbing in Eastwood, Rotherham
- Another man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries
- Witnesses claim they saw a man holding a machete and running through the streets covered in blood
A shopkeeper was hacked to death yesterday by a crazed attacker wielding a machete.
A second man was ‘seriously injured’ and was in hospital last night.
The attack took place at a halal butcher’s shop and the victim was identified locally as butcher and shopkeeper Parvaiz Iqbal, 41. He was slashed six times with the machete or a similar large-bladed weapon.
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Fatal: A shopkeeper has been killed and another man seriously injured in a suspected machete attack in Grosvenor Road (pictured) in Eastwood, Rotherham
Witnesses claim they saw a man holding a machete and running through Rotherham town centre covered in blood.
South Yorkshire Police said the emergency services responded to reports of the knifeman at 2pm.
When they arrived in Grosvenor Road in Eastwood, Rotherham, they found one man dead and another seriously injured, according to a spokesman.
'The second man has been taken to hospital where he remains undergoing treatment,' he said.
Officers have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
The spokesman added: 'At present there is a large police presence in the area and this will remain in place to reassure residents.'
The road has since been cordoned off by police.
One witness, Richard Cattley, wrote on Twitter: 'A man has just run past me in Rotherham town centre wielding a machete covered in blood shouting move!! Police everywhere!'
He added: 'All I saw him run past me with knife in hand shouting move adjacent to where the buildings are being knocked down opp market.'
Omar Mehban, a local Conservative spokesman who works in banking, said Mr Iqbal owned a local shop with his brother and was married with children.
'He was a family friend. This is such a shock and I feel really deeply for his family,' he said.
'He should be celebrating Eid tomorrow with his wife and kids - instead they are faced with this.
'He was such a wonderful person, always courteous and kind. All the times I went in his shop, I can never recall him not smiling. It's absolutely devastating.'
Mr Mehban did not witness the stabbing incident or surrounding events.
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