Neighbours of the two French students murdered at their flat in London have been talking of what they saw and heard on the evening of the killings. It happened on Sunday in New Cross Gate, an area in the south east of Britain’s capital.
Police have spoken of their shock at the ferocity of the attack.
Bound, repeatedly stabbed, and set on fire, Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez are believed to have been identified by their DNA.
Fearing for his safety, one neighbour would only speak if his identity was obscured:
“I heard two or three very loud bangs, so I came out to investigate and saw flames coming from the damaged flat – flames and black smoke. So I called the fire-brigade. Other residents were trying to see if there was anyone inside. Some were throwing in water to try to put out the flames.”
The 23-year-old bio-engineering students had been on a three-month placement at Imperial College London.
They were due to return to Clermont-Ferrand in Central France at the end of the month.
Police say they do not know why the men were attacked. They believe it might be case of mistaken identity, and have appealed for information from the public.