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Charges upgraded to murder after man dies in hospital

Two suspects in custody after Syrian man succumbs to injuries following brutal attack in Paphos apartment


Police are investigating murder after a man in Paphos succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, a week after he was brutally attacked in his own apartment late at night.  

Two young men are being charged with premeditated murder following the death of a foreign male, who succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday in the Intensive Care Unit at Nicosia General Hospital.

Last week local media reported that the victim, described as 36-year-old Syrian national Mohammad Ashkar Ali, was found injured in his apartment in downtown Paphos after a group of men broke in and assaulted the victim with heavy objects. The incident reportedly took place on Wednesday, September 28, around 1:30am.

Police said the victim, who had suffered skull fractures and bleeding in the brain following the incident, was initially rushed to the Emergency Room at Paphos General and then transported to Nicosia’s ICU due to his critical condition.

Two suspects aged 21 and 27, both from Syria, have been arrested on premeditated charges, with the former being detained one day after the attack and the latter just hours before Ali passed away on Wednesday evening around 9pm.

Police told Knews on Thursday that attempted murder has been upgraded to murder, while additional offenses under investigation included felony conspiracy, illegal gun possession, burglary, and carrying offensive objects.

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