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Five arrested as gun is found in car of man shot dead by police

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A weapon was discovered in the car a man was travelling in when he was shot dead by police during a "pre-planned" operation on a motorway slip road, a watchdog has said.

Father-of-two Mohammed Yassar Yaqub (28) died after he was shot at junction 24 of the M62 at Ainley Top, just north of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on Monday evening.

Mr Yaqub's death is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which said in a statement: "What appears to be a non-police issue firearm was discovered in the vehicle in which Mr Yaqub was travelling, and is being further examined."

The IPCC said a post-mortem examination on Mr Yaqub's body is due to take place today and its investigators are continuing to seek any relevant CCTV footage.

West Yorkshire Police said its operation, which included stopping another car near Bradford, "related to information received about criminal possession of a firearm" and was not terror-related. Five people were arrested across the two vehicle stops - three in Huddersfield and two in Bradford - and were in custody last night.

Several of those arrested needed hospital treatment for injuries "not related to firearm discharge" but no police officers were hurt, a force spokesman said.

Mr Yaqub was from the Crosland Moor area of Huddersfield, where his father is a well-known businessman.

In a statement Mr Yaqub's Bradford-based lawyers said: "Mr Yaqub's family are in shock and are distraught. They would ask the media to respect their privacy at this difficult time."

His relatives said they did not want to speak as they gathered at his home in a cul-de-sac in the Crosland Moor area.

But many family members left the property in Rudding Street when armed police arrived, apparently to search the property.

At least five police vehicles arrived in the surrounding streets, including a dog van, and officers with guns were positioned at the front and back of the house before leaving about 30 minutes later.

Earlier, flowers were taken to the house as a number of relatives arrived, some embracing as they went inside.

Witnesses reported seeing "five or six" police cars, a Mercedes E-Class and a Jaguar at the scene of the shooting.

A silver Audi with bullet holes in its windscreen could be seen for most of yesterday, surrounded by other vehicles at the bottom of the off-slip of the westbound carriageway of the M62 as police and forensic teams continued their investigation.

Nearby residents said they did not hear any shots but were alerted by a huge police presence at about 6pm on Monday which they first thought indicated a major road accident.

Shahnaz Malik, whose house is the closest to the scene, said she looked over her fence to see a large number of officers around the various vehicles.

She said: "It was surreal. It was like time had stood still, so many police buzzing around."

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