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The mysterious death of Yassar Yaqub

by | 5th, January 2017

Yassar Yaqub, 28, is dead. Police shot him through the windscreen of his car as he drove along a slip road by the M62 in Huddersfield. Armed police were responding to a tip-off that a “criminal was in possession of a firearm”. The Mail says a firearm was found in his car.  The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says what appeared to be a “non-police issue firearm” was discovered in the vehicle in which Mr Yaqub was travelling.




The Mail  shows a picture of Yaqub posing with a vulgar yellow Lambourghini, a car it values at £400,000 “three times the price of his £136,000 Huddersfield home.” Yaqub was in a white Audi when he was shot dead. Is the Italian supercar car his? The Star is unsure, but values the Lamboughini Aventador at £260,000.  The Sun says he “cruised the streets in a £260,000 gold Lambourghini”.

The Mirror says Yaqub was ‘a major drug baron, according to a man targeted by the “heroin and crack dealer”’. We also learn that on an online dating site he went by the name “Stud Badboy”. It’s from that profile the photo of the car comes.

The father-of-two’s account stated that he had no children and included topless selfies and a photo of himself in front of a bright yellow Lamborghini sports car worth more than £250,000.

As men looking for love and casual sex off the clock head down to the car dealership for a picture with the kind of motor an adolescent Saudi princeling thinks a tad gauche, the Mirror captions a picture of Yaqub in a vest: “The 28-year-old appeared to have a taste for the finer things in life.”

So much for the world of a twenty-something living in Huddersfield. But what of his death? What happened?

Officers were investigating a tip-off relating to the criminal possession of a firearm when they boxed in Yaqub’s car at Junction 24 of the M62 in Huddersfield. What happened next during the ‘pre-planned’ police operation remains unclear.

Many people would like to know what happened.  Yassar Yaqub’s parents Mohammed and Sofia “clutched balloons and sobbed last night as they joined more than 100 mourners on the M62 sliproad where he died during Monday’s rush hour,” writes the Mail .

We hear from the distraught father:

“If it were a fight you could understand it but [it was] just bang, finished – that’s what’s killing me. Looking at the photographs, someone just running up and shooting at him in the dark. How can you justify it? It is just impossible. He was driving down, he was cornered. Bearing in mind it was dark, how could you have seen what he was doing? It is not right that the police weren’t wearing body cameras.  Of course I want answers for what has happened. I will go privately if I have to. In the end I need to find out. My lad didn’t deserve this – I thought this is something that happens in America but not here.”

The Telegraph surveys the crowd:

Many wore jumpers bearing the messages: “No chance to surrender, No warning shots, Unlawful killing #justiceforyassar” and “No justice, No humanity, No peace #justiceforyassar”. Others wore T-shirts with

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