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Five criminals face life imprisonment after being found guilty of drive-by murder of shop owner

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Five men face life imprisonment after being convicted of the drive-by murder of a shop owner who was shot on a quad bike while leaving a barbecue.

Abdul Rahman Abubaker, 24, suffered catastrophic injuries after being shot at with a shotgun and died in hospital hours later.

The dessert shop boss drove a quad away from a celebration to mark the start of Ramadan at Stratford Place in the Highgate area of ​​Birmingham in May 2018.

A court heard that three cars in a convoy had stopped shortly before and the fatal shot was fired from one of the vehicles.

Within 72 hours, two of the cars had been set on fire and destroyed to destroy evidence, while the third had disappeared without a trace.

Abdul Rahman Abubaker, 24, suffered catastrophic injuries after being shot at with a shotgun in Stratford Place in Birmingham’s Highgate area in May 2018 and died in hospital hours later

The motive behind the attack is unknown at this time.

A lengthy investigation led to the arrests of Fahmi Daahir, Mustafa Omar, Abdirahman Dirie, Shire Elmi and Abdirahman Yusuf in August last year.

Elmi was tracked down in Glasgow while Yusuf was arrested at a London airport after returning from Sweden, where he had fled less than a month after the murder.

The other three were held in Birmingham.

By reviewing images from more than 100 CCTV cameras, detectives determined that four cars – three of which had been stolen – had initially met at Hams Road Alum Rock, Birmingham.

One car was abandoned, but another, a VW Passat, was sent on several trips to search the area near the barbecue.

A lengthy investigation led to the arrests of Fahmi Daahir (right), Mustafa Omar (center), Abdirahman Dirie, Shire Elmi (left) and Abdirahman Yusuf in August last year.

A lengthy investigation led to the arrests of Fahmi Daahir (right), Mustafa Omar (center), Abdirahman Dirie, Shire Elmi (left) and Abdirahman Yusuf in August last year.

A stolen Ford Kuga – part of the convoy from which the fatal shot was fired – was returned to Hams Road and set ablaze within six minutes of the shooting.

Shortly after, a taxi was ordered to pick up a group further down the road.

An examination of the Kuga found cartridges and remains of a fuel container in the scorched shell.

Another vehicle in the convoy – an Audi A3 – was discovered in Arley Road, Alum Rock, after being set on fire three days after the murder.

Daahir’s sock was found in the car and he and Yusuf admitted to arson before the trial.

Cell site records also established telephone communications involving members of the group.

Daahir, 23, of Nechells;  Omar, 21, of Alum Rock;  Yusuf, 23, (left) van, Aston;  Elmi, 23, from Glasgow and Dirie, 21, (right) from Newtown, were taken into custody.  They will be sentenced at a later date

Daahir, 23, of Nechells; Omar, 21, of Alum Rock; Yusuf, 23, (left) van, Aston; Elmi, 23, from Glasgow and Dirie, 21, (right) from Newtown, were taken into custody. They will be sentenced at a later date

Police followed their movements, including Daahir and Yusuf who were in a vehicle that was in the convoy that evening and Elmi and Omar in Hams Road.

All denied murder but were convicted after trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Daahir, 23, of Nechells; Omar, 21, of Alum Rock; Yusuf, 23, van, Aston; Elmi, 23, from Glasgow and Dirie, 21, from Newtown, were remanded in custody.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

Chief Inspector Edward Foster, West Midlands Police, said: ‘This has been a complex investigation in which Abdul, along with his family and friends, have been at the forefront of our thoughts.

All denied murder but were convicted after Birmingham Crown Court trial (pictured)

All denied murder but were convicted after Birmingham Crown Court trial (pictured)

“We will probably never know the reason behind this tragic murder and who fired the fatal shot.

“No doubt there were others who were part of this horrific attack, but whose identities have remained unknown.

“But it’s clear that this was the culmination of careful planning involving all five men sentenced today.

“They helped destroy or hide cars while two fled the country trying not to get caught.

“But thanks to the dedication, dedication and expertise of our officers and staff, we have ensured that this was not the case.

“Each of them played a part in causing or assisting in the tragic murder of Abdul and they will now rightfully be spending a lot of time behind bars.”

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