Toddler shot in head by his sister dies from wounds

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A toddler who was accidentally shot in the head with an airgun by his sister died of his injuries yesterday.

Rashid Ullah, 18 months, had been critically ill since the incident on Sunday last week. He died at Birmingham Children's Hospital with his parents at his bedside.

He was accidentally shot in the back of the head by his sister Asna Almas, five, in the back garden of the family home in Washwood Heath, Birmingham.

It is believed that his father, Bakht Zaman, 29, had been using the pellet gun for target practice but left it loaded and turned his back while he answered his mobile phone. Asna picked up the weapon and accidentally set it off, hitting Rashid.

Yesterday, a spokesman for West Midlands Police said the family were grieving and added: "Unfortunately, 18-month-old Rashid Rullah died this afternoon as a result of his injuries."

Rashid's grandfather Bakht Ramand, 48, was too upset to speak last night. In the wake of the accident last week, he said Asna had no idea what she had done.

He added: "We are devastated. I am not angry with my son but I am angry that he had this gun in his house.

"There should be tighter control on guns because it is too easy to buy airguns. These kind of weapons should not be in a family home. They are simply too dangerous."

"Rashid's little sister is too young to know what she has done but she is still very upset and is asking where her little brother is."

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