British family of five 'poisoned' in Bangladesh as dad and son die

A British father and son were found dead with the rest of their family unconscious in a flat in Bangladesh. They died of a suspected poisoning, it has been reported.

Police discovered the family of five from Cardiff at the property in the city of Sylhet on Tuesday. According to the district superintendent of police Farid Uddin, the family of five was found on the afternoon in a rented flat.

The father was identified as Rafiqul Islam, in his 50s, along with his 16-year-old son Michael. Rafiqul’s wife Hosne Ara Islam, 40, their daughter Samira Islam, 19, and son Sadikul Islam, 21, were found unconscious in the flat.

The surviving family members are currently receiving treatment at Sylhet’s MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital. One of the children is understood to be in a critical condition.

Supt Uddin said it believed the incident is a case of poisoning but an investigation is ongoing. "After discussing the overall situation with the doctors and inspecting the scene we believe this may have been a case of poisoning," he said.

The family are British citizens from the Riverside area of Cardiff and travelled to Bangladesh on July 12, Wales Online reports. Mr Islam was a taxi driver and UK records list his wife's name as Husnara, aged 46. Those records also state the couple's elder son is called Sadiqul and he is aged 24.

Supt Uddin confirmed that close relatives of the family lived in the same building. Speaking to local media he said: “The other people in the building are close relatives of the victims. We questioned them.

"At the moment we believe they fell asleep after dinner last night. This must be investigated further. How were they poisoned? How did they die? We will be able to confirm after an investigation.”

Police say the family fell asleep in the same room after dinner on Monday. Between 10am and 10.30am the next day their relatives tried to open the door to the flat.

They called the police when they heard no sounds inside. Police found the door locked, broke it open, and recovered the five unconscious victims inside.