Leeds & West Yorkshire

Eight arrested over Birkby fatal house fire

Six men and two women have been arrested in connection with a house fire in Huddersfield which killed eight members of the same family.

The men aged 16, 25, 28, 34, 35 and 64 and women, aged 32 and 55, were held on suspicion of assisting an offender and have been released on bail.

Three men were jailed over the fire in Osbourne Road in Birkby in 2002.

Police have appealed to find Shahid Mohammed, who was also arrested in 2002 but never answered police bail.

The victims were Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and her five daughters - Tayyaba Batool, three, Rabiah Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeeba Nawaz, who was six months old.

Nafeesa Aziz's brother, Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, also died in the fire and their mother, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died a week later in hospital after jumping from an upstairs window.

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

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