East London community in shock after woman killed in horrific crossbow attack

Sana Muhammad

The Muslim community in Ilford, East London, is in a state of shock after the death of a pregnant woman who was killed in a crossbow attack in her own home.

Sana Muhammad, 35, died on Monday after the attack in Ilford, east London, but her unborn son was delivered safely.

Prime Minister Theresa May said laws around crossbows would be reviewed after Mrs Muhammad’s death.

Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, of no fixed address, has been charged with Mrs Muhammad’s murder and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

Mrs Muhammad was attacked in front of her five children in the family home.

She was taken to hospital with an abdominal wound and pronounced dead at 11:00 GMT, less than four hours after the attack.

However her son was delivered by Cesarean section and “remains in a stable condition in a critical care unit”, police said.

Offers of help for Mrs Muhammad’s family, including a pledge to cover funeral costs, have flooded in from the community.

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal said the authority would support the family for “as long as it is needed”.

Nearly £3,000 has also been raised through a Go Fund Me page, which described the death of Mrs Muhammad as “unimaginable”.

Mohamed Omer from the Gardens of Peace cemetery and funeral company said: “The entire Muslim community and the entire Redbridge community is in absolute shock as to what has happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

“In order to help them cope, we are making the family of Sana Muhammad know that they need to not worry about funeral costs as we will be covering them.”

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