An unborn baby miraculously survived after his pregnant mother was killed with a crossbow.

Sana Muhammad, 35, was shot in the abdomen with a crossbow in front of her family at their east London home on Monday morning, The Independent reports.

Her husband Imtiaz, 42, told the Evening Standard he found her killer hiding in their garden shed and realised he was holding a crossbow.

Mr Muhammad ran back inside and warned his wife, who was doing the washing up, to run.

The killer shot her in front of her five children in a scene the 42-year-old described as “horrific”. He also believed the man carrying the crossbow meant to shoot him instead.

His wife was also eight months pregnant. She was rushed to hospital where doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section but she died just over three hours later.

“She was a wonderful mother and wife,” Mr Muhammad said. “I am heartbroken.”

Mr Muhammad added surgeons operated on his wife “with the arrow still in” because it was too dangerous to remove it.

A neighbour told The Sun an arrow taken from the crime scene “looked about 30cm long”.

The baby boy is currently in a stable condition, police said.

A 50-year-old has been charged with murder and will appear in court on Thursday.

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  • I am so glad the baby was unharmed but otherwise what a truly sad and horrific story.


  • It is a miracle the unborn baby wasn’t killed too. It may have been safer if the Mum had manage to hide inside somewhere,


  • What a horrible thing to happen. I can’t believe someone would do this. It’s just dreadful. Poor family.


  • That is so horrible! I’m glad the doctors were at least able to save the baby, but this whole situation is horrific and don’t understand why someone would want to do this!


  • OMG, I can’t even begin to comprehend any of this. There are so many shocking details to bear.


  • This is just horrific. Why would this man kill this pregnant woman and why does the husband think it was meant for him. Whatever the reason this poor child will grow up never knowing the love of his mother. So sad


  • How does this even happen? Yes, I also am annoyed with these sensationalised half-stories.


  • Another story that is incomplete mom. Why did the man believe it was meant for him?
    Any how really very sad and horrid …poor mum lost her life and bub will never feel the love and touch of his/her mum.


  • What sort of a sick person would want to do this to anyone , it’s beyond belief.


  • So sad. But why? Why would that man wanted to kill him or her???

    • I agree – maybe there is a lack of information due to legality – but pieces seem to be missing from the story.


  • I read this article with my jaw wide open in disbelief and horror! This is just too awful and unimaginable. The poor family, there are so many questions to this article and story.


  • How horrible for the kids watching. So glad the baby survived.


  • A crossbow !!
    Horrific to have your wife shot with a crossbow in front of your 5 children !
    So the husband believed the man carrying the crossbow meant to shoot him instead. I wonder what happened


  • I feel like I’ve just read a synopsis for a movie or book, not a news headline! How horrific!


  • Terrible thing to have happened. Glad the baby survived and will be in a family big enough to take care of him. Condolences to the father.


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