Boy, 15, forced to miss GCSE after stranger attacked him with hammer outside school
A teenager was randomly attacked by a stranger swinging a hammer just a day before he was due to take a GCSE, according to his family.
Mujtaba Shah, 15, was hit three times in the head and the arm during the violent hammer assault in Burnage, Manchester, on Monday last week.
His family say he was stood with a friend when an older man attacked.
Pictures show a gash on his head pouring with blood and later, wrapped in bandages as paramedics treat him.
Mutjabas older brother Mustafa Hussain, 28, said the boy was approached by the man while standing outside his school.
He was walking around with his phone out, showing people a photo and asking them if the knew the person, Mustafa said.
He was with a woman and they went up to Mujtaba and his friend, my brother said to his friend to keep quiet.
The man threatened him and headbutted him, then hit him three times with a hammer.
He said his bleeding brother – who turns 16 later this month – was taken to the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital where he was treated for a broken nose and cuts on his head.
Mujtaba had been due to sit one of his GCSE exams on Tuesday, but had to miss it because of the attack.
Mustafa said his brother has been left shaken by what happened.
Hes only 15, this was a scary thing to happen, he said.
Hes shook up and has been a bit dizzy. We just want this person caught before they harm someone else.
A spokesman for GMP confirmed that the incident was being investigated.
They added: We were called at 2.45pm on Monday, May 14, to reports of an assault on Burnage Lane.
Police are now investigating.