Seven men have been jailed for life over their part in a botched drive-by shooting in Lancashire which killed a teenage law student.

Feroz Suleman, 40, had arranged the execution of a rival businessman in broad daylight but the gunman he hired instead shot dead innocent passer-by Aya Hachem last year.

The 19-year-old had fled violence in her native Lebanon as a child to settle with her family in Blackburn and dreamed of becoming a solicitor.

Miss Hachem was shot in King Street on May 17, 2020, while on a trip to a nearby supermarket to buy food for her family to break their Ramadan fast that evening.

She died in hospital after a bullet entered her left shoulder, passed through her body and embedded itself in a telegraph pole.

Tyre firm boss Suleman, of Shear Brow, Blackburn, was on Thursday ordered to serve a minimum of 34 years before he can be considered for parole.

The gunman, Zamir Raja, 33, of Stretford, was jailed for a minimum of 34 years and his driver, Anthony Ennis, 31, of Partington, must serve at least 33 years.

Fellow accomplices Ayaz Hussain, 36, of Blackburn; Abubakr Satia, 32, of Blackburn; his brother, Uthman Satia, 29, of Great Harwood; and Kashif Manzoor, 26, of Blackburn, were handed minimum terms of 32 years, 28 years, 28 years and 27 years, respectively.

The intended target of the attack was Pachah Khan, the 31-year-old owner of Quickshine Car Wash.

He had enraged Suleman, the boss of neighbouring RI Tyres, by selling tyres and becoming direct competition.

A bitter feud developed and Suleman ordered the execution of Mr Khan, telling his trusted ally Hussain to recruit an assassin.

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