Luton family of 12 ‘may have gone to Syria’
By Sally Chidzoy and David Keller
1 July 2015
From the section Beds, Herts & Bucks
(Left to right standing) Rajia Khanom, Mohammed Toufique Hussain, Mohammed Saleh Hussain, Roshanara Begum, Sheida Khanam. (Left to right sitting) Muhammed Abdul Mannan, Minera Khatun
A family of 12 from Luton, including a baby and two grandparents, could have travelled to Syria after going missing, police have said.
They have not been seen since 17 May after visiting their home country of Bangladesh.
It is believed the family stopped in Turkey on their way home before entering the war-torn country.
A statement from relatives in the UK said they were “devastated” and the disappearance was “out of character”.
Bedfordshire Police said it had not confirmed whether the family had crossed the border, but inquiries were ongoing. It has not said whether any family member was on any terror lists.
The family is:
Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, and his wife Minera Khatun, 53
Their daughter Rajia Khanom, 21, and sons Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25, Mohammed Toufique Hussain, 19, Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31, and his wife Sheida Khanam, 27
Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26, and his wife Roshanara Begum, 24, along with three children, aged between one and 11
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The BBC understands Muhammed Mannan has diabetes and his wife Minera Khatun has cancer.
The couple live in Luton with other family members.
Source:: BBC UK