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Woman killed in 'machete attack' in Bangladesh

The family of a woman from Hackney who was killed in a machete attack in Bangladesh, have told ITV London how her 12-year old son witnessed her murder.

Rehana Begum was visiting relatives in the village of Patli in the north east of the country, when she was attacked by a group of men who were apparently "jealous of her wealth".

Ronke Phillips reports:

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Mother killed in Bangladesh 'by jealous relatives'

A London mother was hacked to death with machetes in front of her 12-year-old son in Bangladesh by jealous relatives, her family told the Evening Standard.

Rehana Begum, a housewife from Hackney. Credit: Family handout.

Rehana Begum, 43, from Stepney, east London, is believed to have been on holiday visiting her mother and siblings with her husband and 12-year-old son.

The attack happened on Friday in the Sunamganj province in the north-east of the country.

Nineteen visa applicants arrested in Bangladesh

Nineteen London-bound visa applicants have been arrested in Bangladesh following a joint operation involving the UK Border Agency and Bangladeshi Police.

The group were arrested on suspicion of fraud at the British High Commission in Dhaka.

The applicants were suspected of providing forged documentation and false bank statements with their business visitor visa applications to attend the Boishakhi Mela in East London as stall holders.

The UK Border Agency is working hard with our international law enforcement partners to target the organised criminal gangs who attempt to abuse our immigration system. As this case shows, that work often starts thousands of miles away."

– Philippa Rouse, Director of Visa Services for the UK Border Agency

The Bangladeshi Police worked in close cooperation with UK Border Agency officers in Dhaka, discovering that the applicants had misrepresented their employment status and produced forged bank statements.