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British Bangladeshi mother hacked to death by "jealous relatives" while on holiday

A British mother murdered whilst on holiday in Bangladesh was targeted by her own relatives "jealous" of her wealth.

Rehana Begum, 43, from Stepney, East London, was visiting Sunamganj in north-eastern Bangladesh with her husband and 12-year-old son when the attack occurred on July 17.

Her family said she was attacked by a gang of four men who stole her jewellery and money.

Her terrified relatives spotted the group approaching the mother-of-one with machetes, the Evening Standard reported.

Mrs Begum's cousin Sheela Ali, 33, from Hackney, said: 'Rufia shouted at them, "What are you doing?" One of them attacked her and stabbed her in the head and the arms.'

Mrs Begum is believed to have told her sister to flee the group.

The alleged attackers also targeted Mrs Begum's nieces and nephew who tried to defend her and then fled the grisly scene.

One 15-year-old niece allegedly had her right hand sliced off by the gang.

Mrs Ali said she believed Mrs Begum's perceived wealth had been the catalyst behind the gruesome attack.

She told the Evening Standard: 'These people have always had this jealousy of this lady who is earning more money than them.'

Mrs Begum died at a hospital in Sunamganj on Friday afternoon.



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