Three charged over deadly Leicester explosion

Three men have been charged with arson and manslaughter over an explosion that killed five people in Leicester.

Aram Kurd, Hawkar Hassan and Arkan Ali are being held in custody over the weekend and will appear before Leicester Magistrates Court on Monday.

Two men who were arrested on Friday, both of them in their 30s and from East Anglia, are still being questioned by detectives.

The large blast happened on Hinckley Road – destroying a building that contained a supermarket and a two-storey flat.

The victims have been named as Mary Rajoobeer, 46, and her two sons Shane, 18, and Sean, 17. Also killed were 18-year-old Leah Beth Reek, who was Shane’s girlfriend, and 22-year-old Viktorija Ljevleva.

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