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Arkan Ali (left), Hawkar Hassan (center) and Aram Kurd were convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Three men who murdered five people when they blew up a store following a £ 300,000 insurance scam were jailed for life.

Aram Kurd, Hawkar Hassan and Arkan Ali caused the explosion at Hinckley Road in Leicester on February 25, destroying a supermarket and an apartment above.

It was learned at the Leicester Crown Court that they had fired large quantities of gasoline in the basement of the Polish store.

A mother and her two sons were killed in the explosion "bomb-like".

Kurd, of Hillary Place, Leicester, and Ali, of Drake Close, Oldham, must serve at least 38 years of service, with Hassan, of Eld Road, Coventry, for a term of 33 years.

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Legend of the pressJose Ragoobeer lost his wife and two teenage sons in the blastAt the time of his conviction, Judge Holgate told Kurd, Ali and Hassan that they were "exceptionally foolish and deceptive".

He said: "It is obvious, in the way they have behaved both in court and out of court, that they are extremely manipulative and cunning individuals.

"The arson of this penthouse was exceptionally dangerous and put the lives of neighbors and other members of the public at risk."

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Mary Ragoobar and two of her sons, Shane and Sean Ragoobeer, were in the apartment above and died in the blast.

Mary Ragoobar, 46, and her sons Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and Sean, 17, lived on top of the store and died in the blast.

Shane's girlfriend Leah Beth Reek, 18, and the saleswoman Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, were also killed.

The owner of the shop, Kurd cried, as the victim's statements were read in court.

Mary's husband, Jose Ragoobeer, said he and his family "have come to England for a better life."

"All our hopes and dreams for the future have been completely broken," he said.

"They were all good people and did not deserve this to happen to them."

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Shane Ragoobeer's 18-year-old daughter, Leah Reek, who was visiting the family, was also killed.

Joanne Reek, Leah's mother, cried saying that the family "feared the worst" when she learned about the blast and could not reach her.

"We knew something terrible had happened because she would always stay in touch with us if she was not at home," she said.

"This trip on Hinckley Road and that night will haunt us forever."

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The shop and an apartment above were completely destroyed in the blast

Natalija Ijevleva, said "something inside me died" when she learned that her daughter Viktorija – who was anxious to start a new job – had been killed.

She said: "I could not believe it for a long time and I was hanging out in the hope that there had been a mistake."

Ms. Ijevleva stated that she learned that her daughter had been killed because she was aware of the plans "is the hardest to bear" and apologized on behalf of her daughter to the families other victims.

"No human being deserves to die for such a small gain," she said.

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Viktorija Ijevleva's mother said that knowing that her daughter was part of the plot was "the most difficult to bear"

During the trial, the jurors learned that Ali and Hassan, as well as Ms. Ijevleva, had been seen traveling to Oldham to obtain insurance coverage for the store shortly before the blast .

Hassan was then filmed under video surveillance, buying 26.6 liters of gasoline in a drum, which corresponds to a drum found after the explosion.

The fatal day, Ali, Hassan and Kurd were seen in downtown Leicester, as well as in the streets and alleys around the store.

The jury heard that Kurd had confessed to a colleague detained the confession of the cause of the explosion because he was "thirsty for money".

The three men denied five counts of murder and conspiracy to commit fraud.


Fire departments described the scene at the time as "a total carnage"

Detective Michelle Keen of the Leicestershire Police Department said, "As a Senior Investigator, I have never been in such a devastating position, both for families who have lost family members and for the community at home. wider.

"The impact of this incident is still visible and continues almost a year later, and families will never recover from their loss."

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Media legendReeah Reek's parents return to horrorThe CPS said the trio had bought an additional 60 liters of gasoline, which were also in the basement of the store at the time of the blast.

Janine Smith, of the CPS, said the men knew that the Ragoobeer family was in the apartment above and asked the court to consider that they had "intended to kill or cause serious harm "in preparing their plan.

She added, "The loss of these innocent lives for the sake of financial gain is a particularly painful part of this business."

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