Hundreds attend funeral for shooting victim as inquest hears gun was found in car footwell

The funeral of a man shot dead by police on a motorway slip road was held earlier today at Masjid Bilal in Huddersfield with hundreds of people attending.

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Yassar Yaqub, 28, from Huddersfield, was shot in a car stopped near junction 24 of the M62 as part of an operation on Monday.

Mr Yaqub’s distraought mother, Safia Bano, was visibly distraught and had to be physically supported by mourners as she broke down in tears.

An inquest, also held earlier today, heard that Mr Yaqub was shot through the windscreen of an Audi car after a “hard stop”.

Bradford Coroner’s Court heard that a firearm was found in the front passenger footwell of the vehicle.

Coroner’s officer Chris Dalby told the hearing that Mr Yaqub was shot by an officer “in the execution of his duty”. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which is investigating the death, said none of the officers involved were using body-worn video cameras during the stop of the white Audi in which Mr Yaqub was travelling.

The inquest heard that the “hard stop” of the Audi and a Volkswagen Sirocco happened at 6.10pm on Monday.

Mr Dalby said four unmarked police cars were involved in the incident with one – a Mercedes – cutting across the front of the Audi and colliding with it.

He said: “During the incident an officer discharged a firearm in the execution of his duty with the shots going through the windscreen of the Audi.”

He also said Mr Yaqub was pronounced dead at 6.47pm and was first identified from his fingerprints.

He said a post-mortem examination showed he died from gunshot wounds to the chest.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man is set to appear in court charged with firearms offences following the police operation.

Moshin Amin, of Broomer Street, Dewsbury, will appear before magistrates in Leeds charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a sound moderator and possession of ammunition.

Earlier his father, Mohammed Yaqub, told BBC Radio Leeds: “He will be missed by us very deeply. He will still live on in our hearts day-to-day.”

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