Pregnant woman shot dead with crossbow by 'former husband', baby in critical condition
Reports state that eight-month pregnant Sana Muhammad was killed in front of her five children when she was doing the washing up at their family home.
An eight-month pregnant woman was shot and killed with a crossbow on Monday morning in Ilford, England allegedly by her ex husband. Her baby boy, who was delivered through an emergency caesarian section, is reported fighting for his life in the hospital, according to reports.
Reports state that 35-year-old Sana Muhammad was killed in front of her five children when she was doing the washing up at their family home.
Neighbours said the ex-husand of Sana (Devi Unmathallegadoo before she changed her name after marrying Imtiaz Muhammad), Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, was taken away by police and has since been charged with murder.
Sana's husband found the attacker hiding in the shed in the evening and shouted "run, run, run," as he was chased into the kitchen, according to the Daily Mail.
The woman was rushed to the hospital where surgeons delivered her baby while the arrow was still lodged in her abdomen. The child is reportedly in a critical condition and his condition is being monitored at the hospital. The arrow is said to have missed the unborn baby's body by just a few inches.
The victim's husband Imtiaz, said: "I can't help thinking she took my arrow. Maybe it should have hit me. The kids were all there, it was horrific."
"The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby. The baby was due in four weeks. They operated with the arrow still in because it would have been too dangerous to take out," the husband said, describing his partner for seven years as a "wonderful mother and wife."
Reports state that the assailant allegedly turned out to be the woman's former husband Unmathallegadoo, who was taken away by authorities on Monday morning. The 35-year-old reported had five children — two with her previous partner — aged 12, 14 and 18, and two with Imtiaz Muhammad, aged two and five.
A neighbor, 35-year-old Navneet Buttar, was at home at the time of the incident and saw Imtiaz coming out of his home after witnessing the horrifying incident.
"I saw man come out he was shaking, nervous and he said "help, help". Then within minutes, the police came," Buttar said, while adding that Sana was a "very nice lady."
"She is my friend on this road. Her kids and my kids go to nursery together," the neighbor said.
According to a Met Police spokesperson the accused has been charged with the murder of Sana.
"This follows an incident at an address in Applegarth Drive, Ilford at approximately 07:40 hrs on Monday, 12 November. The victim was found suffering an abdominal injury. She was taken to hospital where she later died. Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating," the spokesperson said.
"No other persons are sought in connection with this investigation. The arrested man and woman were known to each other. Enquiries into the circumstances continue," the spokesperson added.
Sana Muhammad became the 120th homicide victim this year in London with another attack being reported last night in Balham.