Bradford man in court accused of child fire murders

Alina and Aman Shah
Image caption The children died after being overcome by fumes from the fire

A 21-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murders of two children who died as a result of a house fire in Bradford.

Alina Shah, 10, and her brother Aman, eight, were fatally injured at their home in Pollard Park on Tuesday. Their mother remains critically ill.

Asjid Mahmood, of Pollard Lane, Undercliffe, Bradford, appeared before city magistrates on Saturday.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday.

During the brief hearing, Mr Mahmood spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

An 18-year-old man, also arrested by West Yorkshire Police, has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Alina died at the scene of the fire on Hendford Drive. Her brother was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.

Post-mortem tests carried out on the children found they had died as a result of the inhalation of fumes.

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