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Neighbours shocked at Luton family's disappearance

Friends and neighbours of a family missing from Luton are shocked that they may have fled to Syria.

Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, his wife Minera Khatun, 53, and members of their extended family have not been seen since May after they visited their home country of Bangladesh.

ITV News International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports.


Missing Luton family 'may have been radicalised'

A community leader in Luton believes a local family thought to have fled to Syria may have been "radicalised".

Ashuk Ahmed, who has known the family for around 30 years, said there were suggestions within the community that a woman in the group might have come under external influences. Police have not commented on the claims.

Mr Ahmed said: "The family was under the impression they were travelling to Bangladesh. It was planned as a genuine family visit.

"When they didn't turn up in the UK (other) family members raised the alarm. They were told they may have crossed into Syria.

"The community is in shock. The boys were all running successful businesses."

Photos released of missing family believed to have fled to Syria

Photos of some of the 12 members of a family from Luton believed to have fled to Syria have been released by police.

Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25, 19-year-old Mohammed Toufique Hussain and Mohammed Saker, 31, are the three sons of Abdul Mannan and his wife Minera Khatun.

Mohammed Saker's wife, Sheida Khanam, is also among those missing

Mmohammed Zayd Hussain Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Mohammed Toufiqu Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Mohammed Saker Credit: Bedfordshire Police
A group photo of the family including those missing Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Family 'devastated' at missing 12 believed to be in Syria

The remaining members of the family believed to have fled to Syrai say they are "devastated" by their disappearance.

Bedfordshire Police issued the following statement on their behalf:

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 ok.

– Mannan family statement

Baby believed to be with Luton family that 'fled' to Syria

A one-year-old baby is among the family group that is thought to have fled to Syria after a holiday in Bangladesh.

The family have not been seen since May Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, his wife Minera Khatun, 53, of Spencer Road, Luton, their daughter Rajia Khanom, 21, and sons Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25, Mohammed Toufique Hussain, 19, Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31, his wife Sheida Khanam, 27, Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26, and his wife Roshanara Begum, 24, along with three children, aged between one and 11, were reported missing after failing to return home from viditing their home country in May.

Police are working with relatives who are still in the UK to trace them and asked anyone with any information about the 12 to call police on 101.

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