Teesside men to stand trial over alleged murder of sniper who fought Islamic State

Four men are to stand trial after denying the murder of a former Kurdish sniper.

Two Middlesbrough men - Noza Saffari, 38, of Park Lane, and Anxhelo Xhaferi, 23, of Acton Street - were in the dock with Dorian Pirija, 32, of Trillo Avenue, Bolton, and Florian Marku, 24, of West Drayton, Middlesex.

They all pleaded not guilty to the murder of dad-of-two Hamawand Hussain on September 14 last year.

They are accused of murdering Mr Hussain, 30, in...