Hundreds attend funeral of man shot by police on M62

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Mohammed Yassar Yaqub, who was shot dead by police officers on 2 January 2017.

Mr Yaqub, 28, was killed beside the M62 at Ainley Top near Huddersfield during a pre-planned operation by officers from West Yorkshire police.

A post-mortem examination found he died from gunshot wounds to the chest.

Prayers were held at the Masjid Bilal mosque in Huddersfield ahead of his funeral.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the death.

The IPCC tweeted to confirm their involvement in the aftermath of the incident: “The IPCC understands the man died after a @WestYorksPolice firearm was discharged. Our investigators are attending post incident procedures”.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man arrested as part of the same operation has appeared in court charged with firearms offences.

Moshin Amin appeared before magistrates in Leeds charged with two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to danger life and possession of ammunition.

He only spoke to confirm his name, address and date of birth during Friday’s four-minute hearing.

 

Five arrests were made in relation to the operation, three of which were made at the scene. Two additional arrests were made around the same time, following the stop of a vehicle in Bradford.

Local Councillor Gemma Wilson has shared her thoughts about the incident: “I assumed at first it was a crash”.

She then added: “But realised if it was, it was a major one due to the volume of police in the area and the wide area that was cordoned off”.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman stated that those arrested needed hospital treatment. Their injuries are reportedly not related to firearm discharge.

Police have claimed that there is no link to terrorism. It has been reported that the operation was in response to information the police received surrounding possession of a firearm. It’s the fifth fatal police shooting in 9 months in England and Wales.

 

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