IMAGE: British mother, 46, becomes fourth member of her family to die of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in Bangladesh – three months after the deaths of her husband, taxi driver, their teenage son and 20-year-old daughter
- Hosne Islam died in hospital three months after her family was beaten
- Her husband, teenage son and daughter, 20, all died after the incident
- Police now believe the family was the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning
- An eldest son, Sadiqul, is the only surviving relative of the tragedy
A mother who became the fourth member of a British family to mysteriously die of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in Bangladesh is pictured.
Hosne Ara Islam, 46, died in hospital three months after her family was crushed in the tragedy.
Her husband, taxi driver Rafiqul, 51, and son Mahiqul, 16, were found dead on July 26 in their rented apartment in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh.
The couple’s daughter, 20-year-old Samira, died in hospital 11 days later.
While initial reports suggested the family may have been poisoned over a meal they ate on the night of July 25, local police have since revealed they believe the family may have been victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Hosne Ara Islam, 46, died in hospital three months after her family was crushed in the tragedy
Eldest son Sadiqul, 24, was the sole survivor of the tragedy and has since been released from hospital.
Chief Inspector Farid Uddin said officers have since visited the property where the tragedy took place to run samples from a backup generator into the apartment.
Before her death, Hosne had reportedly told police there was a faulty generator that was being used in an emergency.
“We collected a smoke sample from the generator and sent it to the fire service to see if chemicals were also found in the bodies of the deceased and survivors,” Mr Uddin said.
It takes days for the chemical analysis report to be ready.
The family of five traveled from Riverside, Cardiff, on July 12 to visit relatives in Bangladesh.
Her husband, taxi driver Rafiqul, 51, was found dead in the rented apartment on July 26
But Rafiqul’s father-in-law, Anfar Ali, said the trip was shrouded in secrecy, raising further questions about their tragic deaths.
He said Rafiqul had given specific orders not to tell anyone – including other family members – that they were in the country.
The family rented the flat in the same building as Anfar on July 18, six days after arriving, to help treat one of their sick sons.
Local media reported that the family all bought burgers and juice from a nearby market in Taipur, which they ate together before passing out.
After dinner, according to the police, the family fell asleep in the same room.
Between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, their relatives tried to open the door of the flat. They called the police when they heard no noises inside.
The police found the door locked, broke it open and found the five unconscious victims inside.
Hosne’s death was confirmed by the Cardiff Bangladeshi Society.
Son Mahiqul, 16, also died in the tragedy, which took place while the family was traveling to Bangladesh