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Father pays tribute to fire family
Police have said they cannot rule out a house fire in Leicester being linked to the murder of a man nearby (Rui Vieira/PA)
A grieving father whose wife and three children were killed in a suspected arson attack on their home has spoken of his pain at their loss.
Reading a statement to the media after special prayers were said for his family at his local mosque in Leicester, Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar said he hoped justice would prevail.
The doctor, who works as a neurosurgeon in Ireland, also thanked members of the community for supporting him since the deaths of his "beautiful" wife, daughter and sons.
Summoning the courage and strength to speak publicly for almost two minutes just a day after learning of the deaths, Mr Sattar said: "All of you know of the tragic incident in which my entire family has passed away.
"I deeply miss my beautiful wife and three beautiful children. What has happened has happened and nothing can be reversed but I hope justice prevails and in future this should not happen to any family in the UK."
Before making his statement to the media, Mr Sattar also spoke to around 1,500 worshippers during prayers at the Jame Mosque in Spinney Hill. Describing Mr Sattar's "passionate" speech to the congregation, Imam and teacher Muhammad Uwais told reporters: "He said he had come to Leicester in 2007 after being impressed with its community and its educational system. He was adamant that he will not sit in a corner but carry on his family's mission of being good representatives of their faith, and he urged the congregation to do the exact same."
Shehnila Taufiq, who was in her 40s, died with her 19-year-old daughter and sons, aged 17 and 15, in the blaze at their home in Wood Hill, Leicester, early on Friday. It is feared the family's property was targeted by mistake in a revenge attack following a fatal assault in nearby Kent Street. Inquiries have found no evidence to suggest anyone who lived at the fire-hit property was involved in any way with the earlier incident.
Leicestershire's Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister said in a statement: "While we are investigating links between the two crimes there is absolutely no evidence to suggest those who died in the fire, or indeed anyone else who lives in that property, was involved in the assault in Kent Street. Because of the close proximity - in terms of time and location - of the two incidents, it is right that we look at whether there are links between the two crimes."
A man and two women have been arrested in connection with the murder of the man who was attacked in Kent Street, but no arrests have yet been made in connection with the fire.
Appealing for information to assist inquiries into the fatal fire and the murder in Kent Street, the senior officer said: "Two families have been devastated, whole communities have been rocked by these two events. If you know anything at all, please don't hold back, listen to your conscience and contact us."