Three Charged in Connection with Deadly Leicester Explosion Which Killed Five People

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    In connection with an explosion that killed five people in Leicester, three men have already been charged.

    Hawkar Hassan, 32, Aram Kurd, 33, and Arkan Ali, 37 have been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and manslaughter over the explosion that happened last Sunday evening.

    Four of the people that were killed in the explosion have been named as Viktorija Ljevleva, 22, Sean, 17, and Shane Rajoobeer, 18, and Shane’s girlfriend, Leah Beth Reek, 18. The fifth victim is believed to be Mary, the 46-year-old mother of Shane and Sean.

    On Monday, Hassan, of Eld Road, Coventry, Kurd, of Hillary Place, Leicester, and Ali, of Drake Close, Oldham are scheduled to appear in custody at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.

    Two other men who are both from East Anglia, have also been arrested in connection with the explosion and continue to be investigated by the police.

    The force said that they were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion and for offences that are under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    The incident happened on Hinckley Road. It demolished a supermarket and the two-storey flat above. It follows an explosion in Boston, Lincolnshire that happened in 2011 which left five Lithuanian men dead and was said to be caused by an illegal vodka factory.

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    The Police of Leicestershire declined to comment on media reports which said that the explosion on Hinckley Road might have been caused by an illegal alcohol distillery.

    The human remains were recovered from the ruins of the building following the blast, which was immediately followed by a massive fire.

    Specialist officers continued to search through the wreckage in an attempt to find more clues, with the scene anticipated to remain cordoned off for at least several days.