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Sunday, 19 May, 2002, 21:15 GMT 22:15 UK
Eighth death after house fire
(L-R) Father Rab Nawaz Khan, Ateeqa Nawaz, Rabia Batool, mother Nafeesa Aziz and Tayyaba Batool
Three of the sisters with their father and mother
An eighth person has died following a fire at a house in Huddersfield a week ago.

She was Zaib-u-Nisi, 54, the grandmother of five young sisters who died with their mother and uncle.

Zaib-u-Nisi, who was seriously injured in the fire, died at Leeds General Infirmary on Sunday morning.

The girls, aged between six months and 13 years, died along with their mother and uncle in the fire at Osborne Road, Birkby, Huddersfield, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Two men have been accused of the murders of seven people following the fire at Osbourne Road, Birkby.

A 22-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court on Friday, where he was remanded in custody.

The defendant was remanded to appear at Bradford Crown Court on 24 May.

On Thursday, 23-year-old Nazar Hussain, of Dryclough Road, Huddersfield, was remanded in custody by magistrates after being charged with the same seven offences.

Both men are accused of murdering Mohammed Ateeq-Ur-Rehman, his sister Nafeesa Aziz and her five daughters: Tayyaba Bootall, 13, Rabiah Bootall, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, six, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeeba Nawaz, six months.

It is believed the girls were on an extended holiday from Pakistan to visit their grandfather with their mother.

A further seven men have been released on bail pending further inquiries.


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