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Egyptian embassy calls for culprit to be brought to justice after student dies

Mariam Moustafa died after a month after a street assault Photo:

The Egyptian embassy has called for those responsible for the death of a female engineering student to be "brought to justice swiftly".

Mariam Moustafa, 18, was left in a coma after a street assault in Nottingham at about 8pm on February 20 and died earlier this week.

She has been described by the embassy as "well-loved and regarded" by her friends, family and all who knew her.

The teenager was allegedly punched several times during a confrontation with a group of women in Parliament Street, before she was later taken to the Queen's Medical Centre in the city.

Mariam's family say her death could have been prevented if police acted on further on an earlier incident.

The family allege an incident in August, which they claim involved the same attackers and left Mariam hurt and her teenage sister with a broken leg, was not acted upon by police.

Nottinghamshire Police say there is no information to suggest it was a hate crime, but the embassy has said the "deep concern of the Egyptian public is evident".

The force have said they are aware of social media posts claiming the attack was motivated by hate and are "keeping an open mind".

A Home Office post-mortem examination is due to take place.

The incident happened on Parliament Street, Nottingham Credit: SWNS

A 17-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm was bailed pending further investigation following the incident.

The government of Egypt and the embassy have been closely following the circumstances of this vicious attack with the relevant British authorities and expressed the need for those responsible to be brought to justice swiftly.

The deep concern of the Egyptian public is evident and the embassy remains focused in its efforts to support and assist Mariam's grieving family whose life has been shattered by their traumatic loss.

Mariam was an aspiring engineering student who was well loved and regarded by her friends, peers and all those who knew her.

– Egyptian embassy