Watch this grieving father pay tribute to his eight-year-old son who was killed in a grenade blast

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            	Boy killed by grenade in Sweden had just celebrated his birthday

A Birmingham schoolboy has been killed in a grenade blast in Sweden just a week after celebrating his eighth birthday, his grieving father has said.

Yuusuf Warsame was asleep in the living room of a Gothenburg flat when a grenade was thrown through the window, detonating at about 3am on Monday.

His heartbroken father Abdiwahid Warsame said Yuusuf's mother had cradled the boy in her arms as he died.

Abdiwahid Warsame.
(Richard Vernalls/PA)

The youngster, who was a pupil at Nelson Mandela Primary School in Sparkhill, Birmingham, was asleep in the same room as his nine-year-old sister Aisha and little brother Ahmed, five.

Both were left in shock but escaped with just "a few little scratches". Father-of-seven Mr Warsame said it was a "miracle" they had not all been killed.

He said: "When I heard the news I had to sit, I could no longer stand up. My wife's heart is broken. She told me that he died in front of her. She was covered in his blood."

Abdiwahid Warsame.
(Richard Vernalls/PA)

Mr Warsame says he is desperate to fly out and join his family in Sweden but has been told by the authorities for the Netherlands they need a copy of the boy's death certificate before they can issue him with travel documents. A spokesman for the Dutch embassy in London said: "Our consular department has been in regular contact with Mr Warsame's representatives to discuss his case.

"He has been invited for a fast-track appointment at the embassy for an emergency travel document."

Mr Warsame said he would be travelling to London to pick up his travel papers on Wednesday morning and hoped to catch a flight to join the rest of the family in Sweden on Wednesday night.

The violence was linked by Swedish media to a gangland feud, with police being quoted as saying a man convicted of a fatal shooting last year was registered at the address.

Yuusuf Warsame
(Family handout/PA)

News of the boy's death has shaken the Midlands' 30,000 Somalis, according to community leaders, and there has been a constant stream of mourners to the family's grocery store, wanting to pay their respects.

Sitting in a community cafe opposite the shop, Abdi Hussain, chairman of the Somali Community Organisation, said they were waiting for answers from the Swedish police as to how an innocent boy had come to be caught up in such a violent attack.

He said: "There's a feeling of immense sadness for what has happened."