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Indian-origin pregnant woman killed in UK arrow attack, baby survives

Indian-origin pregnant woman killed in UK arrow attack, baby survives

Doctors have saved the life of an unborn baby after his mother was shot dead with a crossbow. Muhammad died from her injuries three hours later, reports the Evening Standard.

He appeared in a London court on Tuesday (local time) charged with murder.

Ms Unmathallegadoo was eight months pregnant with her baby, who was narrowly missed by the crossbow.

Mrs Unmathallegadoo's husband Imtiaz Muhammad said his wife was killed in front of her five other children in the family home in Applegarth Drive.

The 42-year-old told the newspaper: "I went to put a cardboard box in the shed".

Police were called to the house on Applegarth Drive at 07:40 GMT on Monday where she was found with a wound to her abdomen.

"She was just a lovely lady, lovely mother, lovely wife".

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Mrs Muhammad, 35, who was known as Devi Umathallegadoo before she married Imtiaz Muhammad seven years ago, was washing dishes at 7:30 in the morning on Monday when she was shot.

Police have confirmed that Ramanodge and Devi Unmathallegadoo were known to each other and said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack. He was due to appear at Barkingside magistrates' court today.

She said: "I think about her a lot and her children and we can't accept right now what has happened".

Medics delivered the baby, due in four weeks, with the arrow still lodged in his mother, according to Muhammad. "I am heartbroken, we were inseparable", he added.

Mr Muhammad added surgeons operated on his wife "with the arrow still in" because it was too unsafe to remove it.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes said: "This is a tragic incident and our sympathies are with the loved ones and friends of the victim".