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Thousands attend funeral prayers in Dublin for family killed in Leicester fire

The Dublin-based doctor told people at the service he is like a “bird without any wings” since the tragedy.


FUNERAL PRAYERS WERE said today in Blanchardstown, Dublin,  for the wife and three children of Dr Taufiq Al Sattar.

The family of the Dublin-based neurosurgeon perished in a house fire in Leicester on 13 September. Eight men have been charged with their deaths in the suspected arson attack.

imageRTÉ reports that up to 2,000 people were in attendance at the prayers today, ahead of the burial in Newcastle Cemetery of 47-year-old Shehnila Taufiq and her three children aged 15, 17 and 19-years-old.


At the service today, the doctor, who is based in Beaumont Hospital, thanked everyone for the support he had received since the tragedy. He described himself as being like a “bird without any wings” and said he would now dedicate his life to his work and to giving back to the community.

imageAll images by Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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