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Family of 12 'travel to Syria' from Luton

A family of 12 has disappeared amid fears they have travelled to Syria. The group from Luton, which reportedly includes a baby and two grandparents, failed to return home from a holiday in Bangladesh.

  • Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75
  • His wife Minera Khatun, 53
  • Their daughter Rajia Khanom, 21
  • Sons Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25
  • Mohammed Toufique Hussain, 19
  • Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31
  • His wife Sheida Khanam, 27
  • Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26
  • His wife Roshanara Begum, 24, along with three children, aged between one and 11

We are devastated by the disappearance of these 12 and are very concerned for their safety. This is completely out of character and we are very worried of the danger they may now be in. Muhammed Abdul Mannan is elderly and both he and Minera Khatun have health issues. This just does not make any sense. We can only think they have been tricked into going there, it is no place for elderly or young people. We would urge any of them to please make contact with us or the police to let us know they are okay.

– Statement by relatives of the group


All flights to and from Luton cancelled

All flights in and out of Luton Airport have been cancelled this evening after a security alert. A spokesman for easyjet said:

As a result of the earlier evacuation, easyJet has taken the decision to cancel the remainder of today's flights to and from Luton Airport.

In total easyJet has now cancelled 41 flights - 18 from earlier today and the remainder from this evening's programme.

Six easyJet flights scheduled to land at London Luton Airport were diverted - four to Stansted Airport, one to Birmingham Airport and one to London Southend Airport and all passengers were coached to Luton."Passengers who are affected by the cancellations can change their flight or obtain a refund at

We have also set up a customer service desk at our office where we will help passengers make any arrangements. We will do all possible to support them including providing hotel accommodation where it is available.

Whilst this is out of our control we apologise for the inconvenience caused and would like to thank passengers for their patience and co-operation. The safety and security of its passengers and crew is the airline's highest priority. We expect operations to return to normal tomorrow morning.

– easyjet spokesman


'No arrests' after controlled explosion at Luton Airport

London Luton Airport is in the process of reopening following a security alert that took place earlier this afternoon.

Officers were called to the departure terminal at 1.36pm after airport security raised concerns about an item that was passed through a security check in keeping with the airport’s policies and procedures.

Members of the public were evacuated from the terminal area as a safety precaution while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were called in to undertake the necessary checks required.

A controlled explosion was conducted at 5.15pm and it was confirmed that the item destroyed, although deemed suspicious, did not present a wider danger.

Bedfordshire Police can confirm that no one has been arrested in relation to this incident.

– Bedfordshire Police
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