Men with links to Sheffield wanted by police over fatal shooting

Two men with links to Sheffield are wanted by the police over a fatal shooting.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 8:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 10:28 am

The two Albanian men believed to hold vital information about the murder of a Kurdish sniper who fought against the Islamic State.

Father-of-two Hemwand Ali Hussain, aged 30, was shot dead in a property in Charterhouse Street, Hartlepool, on September 15 last year. Cleveland Police said he served in the Kurdish military and, according to reports, he fought in Northern Iraq.

The victim was said to be a skilled sniper with the Kurdish Regional Governorate's Peshmerga military forces and joined the front line against the Islamic State. Four men are due to go on trial at Teesside Crown Court next month charged with his murder.

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L-R: Eugert Merizaj and Qazim Marku, who have links to Sheffield, are wanted by the police over a murder

The force has issued photographs and descriptions of Qazim Marku, 23, and Eugert Merizaj, 28, who are wanted in connection with the murder probe. Both men were born in Albania but are understood to have links to a number of areas across the UK including Cleveland, Bolton, Sheffield and London. Eugert Merizaj is around 5ft 5ins tall with brown eyes and short dark hair with a receding hairline. Qazim Marku is around 5ft 8ins tall with brown eyes and short dark hair. Detective chief inspector Sarah Robinson said: “We'd appeal to anyone who can provide information to help us locate these wanted men to get in contact with police, and if anyone sees these men, they are asked not to approach them but to contact us on 999.”

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