Two teenagers have appeared at the Old Bailey accused of an orchestrated gun attack in which two drill rappers were killed and a third person was critically injured.

A group of males were allegedly seen wearing burkhas as they left an address used as a staging post.

Four attackers, some armed with guns, then forced their way into a house in Henley Road, Ilford, early on October 25, it is claimed.

Ilford Recorder: Saydi Abu Sheikh (left) was a drill rapper and one of the two victimsSaydi Abu Sheikh (left) was a drill rapper and one of the two victims (Image: Met Police)

The occupants barricaded themselves into a bedroom and between 20 and 30 rounds were allegedly fired through the door.

The victims, Saydi Abu Sheikh, 23, and Zakariya Jeilani Mohamed, 32, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Mohamed, who rapped under the name Giddy for drill group Drillford, died from hypovolemic shock after he suffered stab and gunshot wounds to the torso, and Mr Sheikh, known as Shifty, died from stab wounds to the torso.

Ilford Recorder: Police were called to Henley RoadPolice were called to Henley Road (Image: PA)

Another man, aged 30, was seriously injured and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Other people in the house managed to escape unharmed.


The attackers left the scene and a Mitsubishi Outlander vehicle was abandoned and set on fire a short distance away.

Armed police and medics attended the scene in Henley Road after being called just after midnight.

Ilford Recorder: A picture of the crime scene as police were called to Henley RoadA picture of the crime scene as police were called to Henley Road (Image: PA)

It is alleged the attack was carefully planned and orchestrated by an organised group.

On Monday, Ayaani Ali Adan, 19, from Barking, and Ayman Abasheikh, 18, from Havering, were charged with double murder and attempted murder.

They are also accused of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply; possession of a firearm with intent, possession of a knife; and possession of ammunition.

Ilford Recorder: Two teenagers appeared in courtTwo teenagers appeared in court (Image: PA)

On Wednesday, the defendants appeared at the Old Bailey by video link from custody.

Judge Alexia Durran set a plea hearing for February 10 and a provisional trial from October 23 at the Old Bailey.

The judge remanded the pair in custody.

In a previous appeal for information, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Wood, leading the investigation, said: “This was an unspeakable act of extreme violence that has devastated two families and sent shockwaves throughout the community.”

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