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UK Riots: Three Men Killed After Riots In Birmingham

10/08/2011 06:47 BST | Updated 09/10/2011 10:12 BST

Three men have died in Birmingham as the UK suffered its fourth night of rioting and disorder.

Police have launched a murder inquiry in response to the incident which happened around 1am in Winson Green, Birmingham.

The men were returning from a mosque and protecting their area from rioters.

The father of one of the victims, Haroon Jahan, 21 today told of how he helped the injured men without realizing they were his children.

Tariq Jahan said: “The car came up on the pavement for God knows what reason and I was standing nearby.

“I heard it happen and I turned round and I saw three people on the ground and my instinct to help and I started CPR and someone told me that one of them was my son.

“I started CPR on my own son and my hands and face were covered in blood. What was the point in doing it? We are here defending the community. He was a good kid aged 21, and very well liked”, he told the BBC.

The other two victims were brothers Abdul Nasir, 31, and Shazad Ali, 30.

Witness Kabir Khan Isakhel told the press association: "People came out of prayers and they were protecting the area. My friends were targeted - they were standing on the side of the road and the car just came and ran them over."

West Midlands police, in a statement released on Wednesday said:

"West Midlands Police have launched a murder inquiry, arrested one man in connection with the incident and recovered a vehicle from near the scene which will be examined by forensics experts."

A man beaten by rioters in Enfield also died in hospital on Wednesday morning, bringing the total number of those who have died in riot related incidents to five.

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The tragedy comes after the violence, which began in north London on Saturday evening, spread to the north. There was disorder in Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Bristol, Gloucester, Salford and West Bromwich all

There was widespread looting and vandalism in Manchester, and a police station in Nottingham was firebombed.

In an emotional press conference on Tuesday evening, assistant chief constable Gary Sherwan of Manchester Police said, "levels of violence in the city are "unprecedented". He also assured residents that the force was "determined to clamp down on youths running riot" and that it would be "business as usual tomorrow".

Police made 108 arrests in the city.

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