Leicester mother and children fire victims buried in Dublin

Monday 14 October 2013 12.06
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Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar leads prayers at funerals of four members of his family
Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar leads prayers at funerals of four members of his family
Over 2000 people attended the funerals in Dublin this afternoon
Over 2000 people attended the funerals in Dublin this afternoon

More than 2,000 people have attended the funerals in Dublin of a mother and her three children who were killed in a house fire in Leicester last month.

47-year-old Shehnila Taufiq and her three children, Zainab, 19, Bilal, 17, and Jamil, 15, died when a fire engulfed their home in the early hours of 13 September.

Eight people have been charged in relation to the incident.

Prayers were led by her husband Dr Muhammad Taufiq al-Sattar who is based in Dublin where he works as a consultant paediatric neurosurgeon.

Funeral prayers were held at Warrenstown House in Blanchardstown which Dr al-Sattar and his family planned to turn into an Islamic education centre.

Leading prayers this morning, Dr al-Sattar, one of the country's leading paediatric neurosurgeons, described himself as a "bird without any wings".

He said he had nobody with him now and would dedicate his life to work.

He said he would work as a neurosurgeon until he died, and would spend day and night and every weekend doing community work that would benefit all the people of Ireland.

He thanked all of the communities in Ireland and the gardaí for the support he had been given.