Sunday, 14 Apr 2024

Terrifying moment masked thugs took girls, 7 and 12, hostage at knifepoint

A dad has opened up about a break in after waking up to “panicked screams” from his daughters as four masked men took them hostage. Mohammed Ali, from Oldham, Manchester, said the robbers broke into his home with machetes, a meat cleaver and a brick. The 39-year-old said the ordeal has left his “family broken” as they deal with the aftermath.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Mohammed, a lorry driver, first saw two of the intruders on the stairs of his home and said another intruder held a knife against the throats of his daughters, aged seven and 12, in the living room.

After his son emerged from a bedroom, one of the men yelled “kill him, kill him” before walking towards the 18-year-old.

Mohammed said he pushed his son back into his bedroom and ran to a bathroom where they took refuge whilst the robbers hacked at the doors with their machetes.

After five minutes, the group eventually left the property and stole the white Seat Leon from his driveway once they had found the keys.

Mohammed, who doesn’t know why his home was targeted, said he felt he had “failed” his family.

He said: “My daughter said one of them had a knife and he was saying, ‘It’s all your dad’s fault, be f****** quiet,’ and was putting a knife to her neck.

“I’ve not slept since. My family is broken. My kids wouldn’t come home. It was my daughter’s birthday yesterday, and literally everything is spoiled and I don’t know what to do or what to say to them. I feel like I’ve failed them.”

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