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Bangladeshi woman dies trying to save husband from NZ terrorist

  • Published at 08:12 pm March 15th, 2019
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Husna Ara Begum, one of the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack, is originally from Sylhet | Courtesy

Earlier on Friday, at least 49 people were killed in New Zealand’s worst terrorist attack

A Bangladeshi woman killed in the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday has been identified as Husna Ara Parvin, who was gunned down as she tried to save her paraplegic husband,

Husna Ara, originally from the village of Jangalhata in Sylhet’s Golapganj, lived in Christchurch with her paraplegic husband Farid Uddin Ahmed.

The Bangla Tribune reported that Husna Ara wheeled Farid to the mosque for the Friday prayers. The men’s and women’s sections were segregated, so when the shooting broke out, the couple did not know what the condition of the other was. According to Husna’s nephew Mahfuz Chowdhury, she rushed out 15 minutes into the shooting to check on Farid, when she was caught in the crosshairs and shot dead.


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Farid had been wheeled out to safety by others in the mosque.

New Zealand police have confirmed the death to her family, but have yet to let them see the body.

Husna and Farid married in 1994 and moved to New Zealand after a few years. They last visited Bangladesh 10 years ago in 2009.

Earlier on Friday, at least 49 people were killed in New Zealand’s worst terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch. At least three of the victims are believed to be of Bangladeshi origin.