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Two men leaving north London celebration amid three deaths in horrific A1 pile-up

Two men returning from north London are among three people who have died in a horrific crash involving multiple A1 cars, according to reports.

The Manchester Evening News reports the horror crash took place just before 1am Sunday on the A1 northbound near Wothorpe.

Three men died in the three-car accident and two other men were seriously injured in hospital.

Four of the men involved in the crash, two of whom died, had attended a celebration at a north London mosque.

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Police say the accident involved a blue VW Golf, a black BMW 520D and a red Land Rover Discovery.

The men who died were believed to be from Manchester as tributes were paid.

Jame Masjid in North Manchester Cheetham Hill confirmed that the two men who died were Mohammed Riyazuddin, a Qari from the mosque, and Adil Hussain.

The two injured men are also members of the mosque, according to the tribute.

In a later tribute to Riyazuddin, the mosque described him as “world famous”.

The statement added: “He was returning to Manchester after attending a Naat Mehfil (celebration) at Masjid e Quba in London and died in a horrific car accident.

“Qari Riyazuddin Ashrafi traveled from India to spread the word of Allah and his beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa and devoted his whole life to the Khidmat of Deen.

“He was a Hafiz (a Muslim who knows the Quran by heart) and Qari who touched the hearts of millions with his sweet and beautiful recitation of the Quran in different parts of the world.

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“He ignited the love of the beloved Prophet by his melodious recitation of Naats (poetry in praise of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad).

“Qari Riyazuddin leaves behind his elderly widowed mother, his wife and two young children aged 6 and an 18 month old baby as well as 8 siblings residing in a village near Bikaner in the Indian state of Rajasthan.”

In a statement, Cambridgeshire Police said: “Three people have died following an accident involving three vehicles near Stamford.

“The incident happened just before 1am on Sunday morning (January 16) on the A1 northbound near Wothorpe.

“The collision involved a blue VW Golf, a black BMW 520D and a red Land Rover Discovery.

“Three men aged 34, 25 and 38 died of their injuries at the scene and two people were taken to hospital where they remain seriously injured.

“We are appealing to witnesses, dash cam footage or anyone who saw the vehicles in the moments leading up to the incident to contact us.”

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