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Funeral due for house fire family

The funeral of a mother and five children who died in a house fire will be held today.

Sabah Usmani, a doctor, and her children - Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, Muneeb, nine, Rayyan, six, and Maheen, three - died in the blaze in Barn Mead, Harlow, Essex, last week.

Father and husband Dr Abdul Shakoor was the only survivor.

Today Dr Shakoor will be joined by family members from Pakistan and the US for the funeral at Harlow Islamic Centre.

We would like to invite members of the general public to line the streets from the Harlow Islamic Centre to Parringdon Road cemetery where Sabah and her children will be buried in line with Islamic traditions.

This is a tragedy which has hit people across the community and of all faiths and it is important people can feel part of the funeral.

– Zia Rehman from Harlow Islamic Centre

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