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8 held over family fire deaths

Eight people have been arrested in connection with an arson attack that left eight members of the same family dead more than a decade ago.

Five children and three adults died in the house fire in Birkby, Huddersfield, in 2002.

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Three generations of same family died in 2002 fire

The eight arrests over an arson attack more than a decade ago that left eight family members dead came after police launched a fresh drive to find someone wanted in connection with the crime.

Victims of the fire. (From left) Rabia Batool, 10, Tayyaba Batool, 13, Aneesa Nawaz, 2, Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and Ateeqa Nawaz, 7. Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Shahid Mohammed has been wanted in relation to the fire since he skipped bail in 2003.

Three generations of the same family died in the blaze on Osborne Road on May 12, 2002, Nafeesa Aziz, 35, died with her daughters - Tayyaba Bootall, three, Rabiah Bootall, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeebah Nawaz, six months.

Miss Aziz's brother, Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, also died in the fire, while their mother, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died a week later in hospital.

In July 2003, three men - Shaied Iqbal, Shakiel Shazad Amir and Nazar Hussain - were convicted for their part in the crime. Hussain has since been released on parole.

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