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Last Updated: Friday, 28 April 2006, 23:15 GMT 00:15 UK
Man hunted over fatal firebombing
The scene in Clapham Road
Khizar Hayat, 40, was killed in the attack
Police hunting a man who firebombed a shop in south London killing one employee and injuring three have released an e-fit.

Workers at the Pricecutter shop near the Oval were trapped inside as it was engulfed in flames on Thursday.

The man who died, Khizar Hayat, 40, was found at the back of the shop. He was originally from Kashmir.

Officers at nearby Lambeth police station chased a man seen throwing an object into the shop but lost him.

Mr Hayat's wife and family are believed to be in Kashmir and poor communications stemming from last year's earthquake have made it difficult to contact them.

He is thought to have children, and have been living in the UK for several years.

A second man, who was trapped along with Mr Hayat, is critically ill in hospital.

Two others ran through the flames and suffered minor burns.

The suspect is described as a black man, barrel-chested with a shaved head, aged 30 to 35, about 5ft 10in with a strong jaw line and rough skin.

E-fit of suspect
Police chased the firebomb suspect, but lost him

Police lost him in Handforth Road - they do not know why the shop was attacked at about 1530 BST. No customers were inside at the time.

Forensic officers have been at the scene, house-to-house inquiries are being carried out and CCTV footage is being studied.

Detective Chief Inspector David Garwood said: "It is absolutely appalling. It is a horrific way for someone to die. The staff are still in shock."

Staff said there were no tensions at the shop and police said they were keeping an "open mind" as to the motive.

They are also trying to confirm what device was used to start the fire.




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