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Killer Arsonist Shakiel Shazad On The Run
A man who killed eight members of the same family in an arson attack has gone on the run from prison.
Shakiel Shazad, 33, was sentenced in 2003 to 18 years in jail for his part in the blaze in Huddersfield.
Derbyshire Police said Shazad was released on Wednesday from Category D Sudbury Prison, near Uttoxeter, on a work licence.
He is "now unlawfully at large", the force said.
A police spokesman said: "He has connections in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
"Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of this man is asked not to approach him but to immediately contact their local police or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555111."
Seven members of the Chishti family - Muhammad Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, Nefeesa Aziz, 35, Tayyaba Batool, 13, Rabiah Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and six-month-old Najeeba Nawaz - died in the fire in May 2002.
Another family member, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died in hospital a week later.
Three men - Shazad, Shaied Iqbal and Nasar Hussain - were convicted for their part in the crime.
A fourth man, Shaid Mohammed, was arrested by police after the blaze but went on the run and has never been captured.
Shazad is Asian, 5ft 6in, with short black hair, a black beard and brown eyes.