Monday 20 November 2017

Family killed in tragic blaze to be buried in England

Dr Muhammad Al Sattar
Dr Muhammad Al Sattar
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE family of a Dublin-based doctor killed in a suspected arson attack on their home will be laid to rest in England.

The Muslim community in Ireland said they are ready to support neurosurgeon Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar when he returns to Ireland after a funeral service in the coming days in Leicester for his wife and three children.

The family – mother Dr Shehnila Taufiq, who was in her 40s, daughter Zainab (19), and sons Bilal (17) and Jamal (15) – all perished when a fire ripped through their home in Wood Hill, Leicester, in the early hours of Friday morning.

Dr Al Sattar works at a number of Dublin hospitals, including Beaumont and the Blackrock and Hermitage clinics, and often travelled at weekends to see his family in England. He was in Dublin when he learned of the tragic deaths of his wife and children.

Speaking at the weekend, he said he deeply missed his "beautiful" family.

"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," he added.

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin, said a "gathering" will take place in Dublin upon Dr Al Sattar's return. "It's an horrific tragedy and, of course, we will be supporting him.

"I understand there was a discussion about what to do for him when he's back... Usually what happens is there will be a gathering and people will offer their condolences," he explained.

Leicestershire Police are probing whether the Al Sattar family was targeted by mistake in a revenge attack following a fatal assault in nearby Kent Street on Thursday afternoon.

Some seven hours after this attack, in which football coach Antoin Akpom died, emergency services were alerted to a blaze at the family's home.

Irish Independent

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