An Omani student stabbed to death near Harrods was an ‘entirely blameless’ victim of a ‘cowardly robbery’, police have said.

Mohammed Abdullah Al Araimi, 20, was walking home from a restaurant in Knightsbridge with a friend when it is believed two males tried to take his Rolex watch.

He was knifed in the struggle and was pronounced dead at the scene at around 12.40am on Friday.

Mohammed’s friend, also 20, was injured in the attack but has been discharged from hospital after treatment.

The attack took place on Basil Street at the junction of Pavilion Road, according to police.

DCI Andy Partridge said: ‘Following the attack, the suspects fled on foot along Basil Street in the direction of Sloane Street.’

‘I would appeal to anyone who saw two males running along that route, or to drivers who were in Sloane Street around midnight and may have captured any part of this incident on dash-cam footage, to get in contact with my team immediately.’

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‘The victim and his friend were entirely blameless, simply enjoying a meal out together. It does appear that the motive for this cowardly attack was robbery.’

Another friend of Mohammed’s told MailOnline: ‘One of the thieves tried to steal Mohammad’s expensive watch – I think a Rolex – but he fought back. There was a struggle and he was stabbed.’

On Friday afternoon, the Omani Embassy in London tweeted: ‘The embassy in London extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. We belong to Allah and to him we shall return.’

Mohammed is thought to have been an engineering student who had lived in the UK for the last three years.

He was one of three young men killed in knife attacks in the space of 12 hours in the capital.

Exauce Ngimbi, 22, died early on Thursday afternoon in Hackney, east London after an altercation with a group, according to Scotland Yard.

Crosslom Davis, 20, known as drill group Harlem Spartans’ ‘Bis’, was fatally stabbed in Deptford, southeast London.