One of the Birkby petrol-bomb killers has gone on the run.

Shakiel Amir Shazad absconded from a prison in Derbyshire today.

He was out of the prison on a work licence and failed to return to HMP Sudbury, a Category D open prison.

He was serving a life sentence for eight counts of manslaughter after the horrific arson attack on a family home in Birkby in 2002.

Shazad, of Gledholt, (pictured below in 2002) had applied for parole earlier this year , following the release of another of the killers.

Shakiel Amir Shazad
Shakiel Amir Shazad
 

But the hearing was put back until the autumn and there was a campaign to stop it .

Police across the country have been alerted about Shazad’s escape.

He was one of the gang who petrol-bombed a family’s home in Osborne Road in May 2002, killing eight people - five of them young chidlren.

Three of the killers were convicted by a court but a fourth, Shahid Mohammed , disappeared while on bail and has remained a fugitive ever since.

Police launched a big new investigation to try and find him earlier this year.

Shahid Mohammed
Shahid Mohammed
 

Shazad's parole was following the lead of his co-accused, Nazar Hussain, of Crosland Moor, who has already been freed from jail despite the deaths .

That ruling angered the survivors of the firebomb attack and the local community.

They have vowed to do all they can to stop Shazad also being freed.

The two killers were both convicted of the manslaughter of eight people who died after the firebomb attack at Osborne Road, Birkby, in May 2002.

There were fears that Shazad, of Gledholt Road, Gledholt, could be freed just 11 years after the arson attack .

He and Hussain were both convicted of eight counts of manslaughter, while a third accused, Shaied Iqbal, of Springdale Road, Thornton Lodge, was convicted of eight counts of murder.

Iqbal was the instigator of the attack and was jailed for life after he was convicted of eight murder counts and pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit arson.

The arson attack was the worst crime ever in Huddersfield, with the blaze ripping through the family’s terrace home in the early hours.

Those killed in the fire included Nafeesa Aziz, 35, who perished with her five young daughters: Tayyaba Batool, 13; Rabiah Batool, 10; Ateeqa Nawaz, six; Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeeba Nawaz, six months.

Nafeesa’s brother, Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, also died in the flames.

Their mother, Zaib-u-Nisa, 54, died later in hospital after leaping from a window.

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of this man is asked not to approach him but to immediately contact their local police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.