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Three deny murder after Leicester shop explosion killed five

Three men have denied murder after a shop explosion in Leicester which killed five people. Credit: ITV News Central

Three men have denied murdering five people after a shop explosion in Leicester.

Aram Kurd, Arkan Ali and Hawkar Hassan also denied plotting with one of their alleged victims to make a bogus insurance claim.

The trio are alleged to have conspired with Viktorija Ljevleva by dishonestly 'pursuing an insurance claim in respect of a fire' at the shop on Hinckley Road.

Mary Ragoobeer and her two sons, Shane and Sean Ragoobeer, were in the flat above the shop at the time of the blast on February 25. They were killed alongside Shane's girlfriend, Leah Beth Reek. Shop worker Ms Ljevleva also died in the explosion.

Five people were killed in the blast, which happened on Hinckley Road in Leicester. Credit: ITV News Central

Kurd, from Leicester, Hassan, from Coventry, and Ali, from Oldham, appeared at Leicester Crown Court this morning (Thurs). They all deny murder, manslaughter and conspiracy to commit fraud.

A trial is set to take place in November.