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Syrian man says he ‘lives in fear’ after repeated arson attacks on business trip

Syrian man says he 'lives in fear' after repeated arson attacks on business trip

A Syrian man says he is ‘living in fear’ after his company was targeted by three arson attacks in a year.

In the latest incidents earlier this week, petrol was poured outside one of its Sham Supermarket premises before it was set on fire.

The business, which is based in both the Sandy Row and Donegall Road areas of South Belfast, was attacked in the early hours of both Monday and Tuesday mornings.

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CCTV footage of both incidents earlier this week, seen by Belfast Live, shows a suspect pouring petrol outside the shop, before setting it on fire and running away from the crime scene.

Sham Supermarket was first opened in December 2021 by Syrian nationals Abdelkader Al Alloush and Mohammed Khalid Al-Abied. It was first the target of a suspected arson attack last August that cost the company £5,000.

Some of the damage done to the company earlier this week(Image: Submitted)

Following the latest arson attacks this week, the company has left a further £6,000 out of pocket.

Firefighters at the scene of one of the incidents earlier this week(Image: Submitted)

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