British father and son die after suspected poisoning in Bangladesh.

Rafiqul Islam, 51, and his son Mahiqul, 16, were found unconscious along with other members of their family on Tuesday afternoon.

They both died on the way to hospital, while Mr Islam Husnari’s wife, 45, and two other children, Samira, 20, and Sadiqul, 24, were treated.

Husnara and Samira remain in critical condition in intensive care, while Sadiqul is said to be doing well.

A family from Cardiff were on a two-month holiday visiting relatives and renting a flat in Sylhet.

Farid Uddin, head of the Bangladesh Police said: “After discussing the general situation with doctors and examining the scene, we believe this may have been a case of poisoning.

“The rest of the people in the building are close relatives of the deceased, we interviewed them.

“At this point, we believe they fell asleep after dinner last night. That needs to be investigated further. How were they poisoned? How did they die? We will be able to confirm after the investigation.”

The incident was initially believed to be related to food poisoning, but the police have since launched an investigation.

It is known that family members have flown to Bangladesh.

“Complete shock – did not sink”

Tributes have been paid to Mr Islam in Cardiff.

Mohammed Haroon, General Secretary of the Cardiff Bangladesh Association, worked with him.

Mr Islam was a member of the local football and badminton teams, he said, adding: “He was a very good man, a very helpful man who was always at the mosque and constantly working with the community.”

Muhibur Islam, of the Jalaliyah Mosque and Islamic Education Centre, said Mr Islam was a “loved and respected member of the community”.

“It was a complete shock, it still hasn’t made sense to everyone,” he added.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing consular assistance to the British family following the incident in Bangladesh and are in contact with the local authorities.”

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