British father and son found dead in Bangladesh

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Two members of a family from Cardiff have died and three more are in intensive care in Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi Police said the family were staying in a flat near the north-eastern city of Sylhet.

Police officers broke into the building on Tuesday morning after relatives raised the alarm.

It is understood father Rofikul Islam, 51, and his son Mahiqul, 16, were found dead while his wife and two other children have been taken to hospital.

The family, from the Riverside area of the city, was on a two-month visit to the country, local police have said.

Supt Farid Uddin said the condition of those in hospital – Husnara, 45, Sadiqul, 24, and Samira, 20 – had since shown some improvement.

Other family members have flown out to Bangladesh.

He said all five family members were sleeping in the same room on Monday night and family members raised the alarm at about 10:00 local time when they failed to wake up.

At first the incident was thought to be food poisoning, but is now being investigated by police.

Post mortem examinations have been carried out and been sent to Dhaka. The results could take five days.

Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, assistant secretary of the Bangladeshi Association, Cardiff, said: “Everybody is so shocked.

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Muhibur Islam said there was disbelief in the community

“It’s summer holidays and a lot of British-Bangladeshi people are in Bangladesh right now, especially in Sylhet, Osmani Nagar and Tajpur, the place where this incident happened.

“It will never be forgotten by us. We are praying for his soul.”

Muhibur Islam, from Jalalia Mosque and Islamic education centre, added: “The whole community itself is in shock of a well-known family, very well known in the area over the years.

“It’s just disbelief. Absolute disbelief, that’s what it is.”

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