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Father 'a bird without wings' after family's fire death

A grieving neurosurgeon whose family died in a suspected arson attack has told mourners that he is now a "bird without any wings".

Neurosurgeon, Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, led prayers for his wife Shehnila Taufiq, 47, and their three teenage children, Zainab, Bilal and Jamil in Dublin.

ITV News' Ronke Phillips reports:

Shehnila Taufiq and her three teenage children, Zainab, Bilal and Jamil were killed in a blaze at their home in Wood Hill, Leicester, on September 13.

Eight people have been charged in connection with the deaths of the four family members.

Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar at the burial of his family, who died in a suspect arson attack Credit: PA Wire

Dr Sattar, who works in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital, said: "This is a very sad occasion for me."You can say now I am bird without any wings. I have nobody with me now."

Mourners stand over a grave at the burial of members of the Al Sattar family, who died in a suspect arson attack in Leicester. Credit: PA Wire

More than 1,000 people attended the janaza service at Warrenstown House.

The bodies of his family were brought into Dublin on an overnight ferry after about 7,000 people gathered in Leicester's Spinney Hill Park to pay their respects on Thursday.

Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar (centre) at the funeral service for his family, Credit: PA Wire

The surgeon said he had been heartened by all the support he had received from across Ireland since the tragedy, thanking both colleagues and patients who had passed on their condolences.

"Thank you very much for all of you coming here this morning," he told mourners.

"It's cold and I appreciate it. I can see many of our Irish friends are here as well."

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