Bradford: Man arrested in connection with Kulsuma Akter murder


Police investigating the death of Kulsuma Akter in Bradford have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of her murder.  

Habibur Masum, from Oldham, was arrested in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, April 9) in the Aylesbury area.

West Yorkshire Police have thanked members of the public and the media for widely sharing appeals for information in relation to Kulsuma’s death.

The 27-year-old, from Oldham, died after being stabbed on Westgate in Bradford at the junction with Drewton Road at 3:21pm on Saturday April 6.

Kulsuma was taken to hospital but subsequently died from her injuries. Her family are being supported by specially trained officers.

She was with her young baby at the time of the incident who is safe and was not harmed in the incident.

Due to police having contact with Kulsuma prior to her death, West Yorkshire Police has referred itself to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

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Mr Masum was bailed by magistrates in November after being charged with assaulting and threatening to kill Ms Akter, offences which he had denied.

Court documents show Mr Masum was charged with threatening to kill Ms Akter on November 24 and assaulting her on November 23. Both offences were alleged to have happened in Manchester.

It was also confirmed yesterday afternoon that a 23-year-old man has been arrested in Cheshire on suspicion of assisting an offender and he remains in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Enquiry Team, said: “This is a tragic incident in which a mother has lost her life in the most horrific of circumstances. We understand that this has caused a considerable amount of concern in the local community. Local Neighbourhood Policing teams are patrolling the area conducting reassurance to the community. We would like to thank Thames Valley Police for their support and assistance in this matter.”

If anyone has any information that could assist the investigation, they can report it via Live Chat online or by calling 101, quoting log 1071 of 6 April. Information can also be given to the Major Incident Public Portal via this link  

Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can do so by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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