Three men have been charged with manslaughter and arson over an explosion in Leicester, which left five people dead and a number of people injured, police have confirmed.
All three men have been charged with five counts of manslaughter and with arson with intent to endanger life.
They will be held in custody during the weekend and will appear before Leicester Magistrates on Monday 5 March.
The men are Aram Kurd, 33, Hawkar Hassan, 32 and Arkan Ali, 37.
Mary Ragoobar, 46, and sons Shane, 18, and Sean, 17, lived in the flat above the Polish supermarket where the explosion took place.
Sean and Shane, along with along with Shane’s girlfriend Leah Beth Reek, 18, and Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, who was working in the shop at the time, have now been officially named as among the dead.
Five people were also taken to hospital after the blast, one of whom suffered critical injuries.
Following thew arrest of the three men police said in a statement: “Police investigating the cause of the explosion and fire in Leicester on Sunday evening (25 February) have arrested three men on suspicion of manslaughter.
“The three men, all in their 30s, have been arrested in the last hour and are being questioned by detectives.
“One man comes from East Anglia, the second from the North West of the country, and the third from the East Midlands. No further details will be released about these individuals at this stage.
“We acknowledge that the terrible events of Sunday night in Hinckley Road have attracted significant public, political and media interest.”
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