DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Aya Hachem in Blackburn have charged two people.

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, Feroz Suleman, 39, of Shear Brow, Blackburn and Abubakir Satia, 31, of Oxford Close, Blackburn, have been charged with murder and attempted murder.

The murder charge relates to the 19-year-old Salford University student and the attempted murder charge to the man police believe was the intended target. Two shots were fired in the incident. The first hit a building and the second sadly hit and killed Aya.

They are due to appear before magistrates tomorrow (Saturday, May 23).

Two men aged 33 and 36 from Blackburn arrested on Monday (May 18) on suspicion of murder and attempted murder have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A number of others arrested in connection with the murder remain in custody and enquiries are on-going.

Police have today (Friday, May 22) also arrested a 22-year-old man from Blackburn on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. They are in custody.

Detective Supt Andy Cribbin, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “While we have now charged people in connection with Aya’s murder our enquiries are very much on-going.

“I would like to thank all those who have come forward to assist with our investigation so far and to continue to encourage people to come and speak to us if they have information.”

Any information or video footage can be sent in via the Major Incident Public Portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020120E05-PO1

Anybody with any other information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 0412 of May 18th, or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.