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Murder probe after blaze kills four
Police have said they cannot rule out a house fire in Leicester being linked to the murder of a man nearby (Rui Vieira/PA)
Detectives have launched a murder inquiry after a mother and her three children were killed in a house fire.
The woman, in her 40s and named locally as Shehnila Taufiq, her 19-year-old daughter and sons, aged 17 and 15, died after fire broke out at their terraced home in Wood Hill in the Spinney Hills area of Leicester.
Police said they cannot rule out a link with the murder of a man in his 20s in nearby Kent Street several hours earlier.
Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister said Leicestershire Police have launched a murder inquiry over the blaze and are examining the possibility of it being a revenge attack.
Emergency crews were called to reports of a man being assaulted in Kent Street at 5.30pm on Thursday. Police have not released details of his injuries but he was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary where he died.
At 12.30am firefighters battled to extinguish the blaze at the Wood Hill property which is half a mile away from the assault scene, which detectives said was busy when the man was injured.
Urging witnesses to get in touch, Mr Bannister said it was possible both offences, which he described as "terrible, terrible crimes", were linked. He said officers were exploring different lines of inquiry but one included the fire potentially being a revenge attack.
He added: "I can't confirm here and now it is a revenge attack - it may be, it may not be - but lines of inquiry will certainly get to the bottom of that."
Referring to neighbours talking about a "fire bombing", Mr Bannister said: "Fire bombing in my experience means different things to different people. We are working really closely with the fire brigade. Exactly how the fire started, where it started and of course who is responsible is something we will get to the bottom of."
The four victims, who included Mrs Taufiq and her children named locally as Zainab, Bilal and Jamal Sattar, were found dead in upstairs bedrooms.