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article imageLeicester fire deaths: Father pays tribute as arrests are made

By Layne Weiss     Sep 14, 2013 in World
Leicester - Dr. Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, the man who lost his wife, daughter and three sons in a Leicester house fire, says he "deeply misses" them, as police arrested five people over their deaths.
"I deeply miss my beautiful wife and my beautiful three children," he said according to BBC News, adding "What has happened has happened, and nothing can be reversed, but I hope justice prevails and in future this should not happen to any family."
Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar had just flown back home from Ireland, where he works, The Guardian reports.
Officers believe the fire was a revenge attack by "thugs," but that Dr. Al Sattar's family were not the intended victims, The Daily Mirror reports. The five people whom have been arrested targeted the wrong home.
Muhammad's wife Shehnila Taufiq was reportedly heard screaming "please save my children" as the fire raged. She was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning with her daughter Zainab, 19 and sons Bilal 17, and Jamal 15. Shehnila was in her 40s.
Three woman aged 19, 20, and 27 and two men aged 19 and 49 have been arrested Saturday afternoon in connection with the attack, BBC News reports.
"The people of Leicester have been very supportive. A real big thanks to the police department in Leicestershire for their good work and the media for being patient and understanding the pain which I am going through at present. I am also thankful to the local mosque – they made me feel that, despite losing my immediate entire family, the entire community in Leicester is family," Dr. Al Sattar said according to The Guardian.
Additionally, he spoke to 1,500 worshippers during prayers at the Jame Mosque in Spinney Hill. "He said he has been comforted by the condolences," said imam Muhammad Uwais. Uwais added that Sattar came to Leicester in 2007. He was impressed with its community and educational system. This tragedy will not break him. He will continue his family's mission of being "good representatives of their faith, and has urged the congregation to do the exact same." This is one of the many ways he will honor their legacy. He will not just "sit in a corner."
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