35-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 22-year-old Akbar Masood

A man has been charged with the murder of 22-year-old Akbar Masood who was stabbed in Rochdale on Friday.

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Mohammad Shafiqul Alom, 35, has been charged with murder | masoodstabbed3 
Akbar Masood, 22, died after being stabbed on Friday | masoodstabbed1 
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35-year-old, Mohammad Shafiqul Alom, appeared at Manchester City Magistrates Court earlier today.

Police were called to Kellet Street at about 4am on Friday after reports that a man had been stabbed in the abdomen.

Officers tried to revive him and carried out CPR but he sadly died a short while after arriving at the hospital.

Witnesses described hearing men shouting in the street in the early hours of the morning leading up to the stabbing.

Tributes have since poured in on social media by friends of Masood.

NaeemUllah, 22, who said he was devastated by the news of his death.

“I am in total shock that this has happened,” he said. “He was such a nice person. He had a heart of gold. He’d always offer to give you a lift if you were running late for work, that kind of thing.

“He was very helpful and had an amazing sense of humour. He was someone you knew you could have fun with.

“My heart really goes out to his family. It is awful.”

Other friends took to social media to pay tributes to Masood and express their shock.

Sajid Mohammed posted: “My brother Akbar Masood has passed away. Am heart-broken. Please pray for him. He was a really nice guy.

Mr Alom was charged with murder, assault and possession of a controlled substance.

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