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Blackburn fire murder charges dropped for two men

Abdullah Mohammed
Abdullah Mohammed died in the fire at his home in Blackburn

Two men accused of murdering a married couple in a house fire in Lancashire have had charges against them dropped.

Abdullah Mohammed, 41, was killed in the fire at his family's home in London Road, Blackburn, in October 2009, while his wife Ayesha, 39, died a week later.

The cases against Peter Bowden, 39, of Lytham St Annes and Imran Ali, 29, of Manchester, have been discontinued.

Four other men charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life will go on trial on 8 June.

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