Three men were jailed in perpetuity for killing five people after triggering a "bomb-like" explosion in a store, in order to claim a £ 300,000 insurance payment.

Aram Kurd, 34, and Arkan Ali, 38, were sentenced to a minimum of 38 years' imprisonment for orchestrating a plot to blow up a Polish supermarket Leicester during a arson attack last February.

Hawkar Hassan, 33, has also been imprisoned for life and will serve at least 33 years of his role in the scheme to fraudulently acquire hundreds of thousands of pounds.

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A five-week trial at Leicester Crown Court Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, died in the explosion because she "knew too much" about the insurance policy contracted less than three weeks ago.

Alongside Ijevleva, Mary Ragoobeer, 46, her teenage sons Shane and Sean, and 18-year-old Leah Beth Reek, who was Shane's girlfriend, were all killed in the explosion while They were sitting in their apartment above the store.

In his judgment, High Court Judge Holgate said: "None of the accused showed any remorse for his heinous crimes.

"They were exceptionally cruel and deceiving. They claimed to be concerned about the victims and even to mourn Mrs. Ijevleva.

"Kurd had prepared his story for the media and the police. Ali and Hassan claimed to comfort and help Mrs. Ijevleva's mother.

Kurd, Hassan and Ali (from left to right) have all been sentenced to life for their role in the plot (SWNS)

"In truth, the three only wanted to save their skin. They lied several times inside and outside the court.

Ali, Hassan and the owner of the Kurd store were unanimously found guilty of five counts of murder and conspiracy with Ijevleva for gain, by dishonestly pursuing a fire insurance claim.

During the trial, the jury was told that the trio acted purely "out of greed" in order to fraudulently obtain an insurance premium of £ 300,000.

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The court heard that Ali, Hassan and Ijevleva had bought 26.6 liters of unleaded gasoline at a garage the day before the explosion, later spraying the basement of the property into homes. huge amounts of highly flammable liquid.

The three men had demanded a loss of stock, content and future activities before the explosion.

After unleashing the deadly fire, Kurd gave shameless interviews to the media, describing the chance he had had to escape alive.

The family members of the deceased read tearful statements before the sentence was pronounced on Friday, calling the killers of their relatives "callous".

Reek's mother, Joanne Reek, told the court, "The light has gone out of our world on this terrible night.

Kurd's shop in Leicester was destroyed in the explosion caused by the group (PA)

"We have a Leah-shaped hole in our hearts. Leah was one in a million. She left a lasting impression on everyone we met.

"To see men judged without remorse has really broken our hearts – they seem to have no value for human life."

In a statement read to the court, Natalija, Ijevleva's mother, said that she felt she had "failed as a mother to protect my child" because her daughter had not told her about the plot.

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"My sense of loss is unbearable," she added. "My thoughts are with the families of the other four totally innocent victims."

The judge told the trio that the blast, which had also seriously injured several people walking in the immediate vicinity of the property, caused "an exceptionally high level of harm".

"The arson of this penthouse was extremely dangerous and put the lives of neighbors and other members of the community at risk," he added.

Additional reports by agencies