Asian newsagent killed in Bristol arson attack

February 18th, 2008 - 10:27 pm ICT by admin  

London, Feb 18 (IANS) An Asian newsagent has been murdered in a suspected arson attack near the city of Bristol, police said Monday. Nasir Sayeed, 46, died Sunday when life-support was switched off after three heart attacks at Bristol Royal Infirmary. His 21-year-old daughter Nisha Nasir was said to be in critical condition.

Fire fighters rescued the duo from a blazing flat above the family shop in Knowle West area of Bristol Friday.

Police suspect that burglars torched the shop but locals said the family had long been abused, had windows broken and racist slurs daubed on their cars.

A 32-year-old local man is in custody but seven other people arrested Friday have now been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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