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Three guilty of murdering five people in Leicester shop explosion

Three men have been found guilty of murdering five people in a huge shop explosion in Leicester.

Arkan Ali, Hawkar Hassan and Aram Kurd doused a Polish supermarket on Hinckley road in "many, many litres of petrol" on the evening of Sunday February 25 in the hope of getting a £300,000 insurance payout.

Kurd, of Hillary Place, Braunstone, Leicester, Ali, of Drake Close, Oldham, and Hassan, of Eld Road, Coventry were also found guilty of conspiring together to commit insurance fraud.

The explosion destroyed the entire building, including a two storey flat above, which claimed the lives of residents, Mary Ragoobeer, 46, and her two sons, Sean, 17, and Shane, 18 - along with Shane's girlfriend, Leah Beth Reek, 18.

Brothers Sean Rajoobeer, 17, (left) Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and their mother Mary, who were victims of the Hinckley Road explosion in Leicester Credit: Leicestershire Police/PA

One of the Ragoobeer family, Scotty Ragoobeer managed to survive which the prosecution described as a "miracle".

Shopkeeper Viktorija Ijevleva also died. The court heard that Ijevleva was involved in the conspiracy to commit insurance fraud but was left to die ‘because she knew too much’.

Viktorija Ijevleva Credit: BPM Media

Opening the case, David Herbert QC told the jury the defendants intended to maximise the damage to the premises and would have known people were in the flat above.

Leah Beth Reek also died Credit: LOROS Hospice

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The families of those killed make emotional statement outside court