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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Mother stabbed to death in Bradford named by police as manhunt launched for suspect

In a tragic turn of events, the identity of the victim in the recent Bradford murder case has been formally disclosed by detectives. Kulsuma Akter, a 27-year-old woman from Oldham, was fatally stabbed on Westgate in Bradford at the junction with Drewton Road around 3:21 pm last Saturday 6 April. Despite being rushed to the hospital, Kulsuma succumbed to her injuries. Her family is currently receiving support from specially trained officers.

Of immense concern is the fact that Kulsuma was accompanied by her young baby during the attack. However, thankfully, the infant remains unharmed and safe.

The focus of the investigation has now shifted to Habibur Masum, a 25-year-old also hailing from Oldham, who is wanted in connection with the murder. Notably, Masum and Kulsuma are known to each other, intensifying the urgency of the situation.

Authorities have been diligently combing through CCTV footage in hopes of locating Masum. His last confirmed sighting was at 3:30 pm on the day of the incident, where he was captured boarding a bus at Market Street. Subsequent footage shows him disembarking at 3:42 pm on Killinghall Road. Descriptions provided by witnesses depict Masum as Asian, of slim build, possibly wearing a duffle coat with distinctive markings, light blue or grey tracksuit bottoms, and maroon trainers. A witness also recalled seeing him wearing a grey hoodie with the hood up. Furthermore, Masum has ties to Burnley and Chester.

A significant development in the case includes the arrest of a 23-year-old man in Cheshire on suspicion of aiding an offender. The individual remains in police custody pending further inquiries.

However, due to prior police contact with Kulsuma before her tragic demise, West Yorkshire Police has self-referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Expressing deep concern over the incident, Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Enquiry Team emphasised the need for public cooperation in bringing Masum to justice. She urged anyone with information on his whereabouts not to approach him but to immediately contact the authorities.

The incident has understandably caused widespread apprehension within the local community. To address these concerns, local Neighbourhood Policing teams have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance.

Anyone who spots Habibur Masum is urged to report sightings promptly to the police via 999.

Additionally, any information that could aid the investigation should be shared via Live Chat online or by calling 101, quoting log 1071 of 6 April. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.

Information can also be given to the Major Incident Public Portal via this link 

Police have released CCTV footage showing suspects last movements:

 

 

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