Relatives of slain Dr. Abdus Samad at his village home
The three slain Bangladeshis who were killed by gunman at a mosque in Christchurch of New Zealand have been identified. They are Abdus Samad and his wife Sanjida Akter from Nageshwari upazila under Kurigram district. Abdus Samad was a teacher of Lincoln University of New Zealand. The other deceased was identified as Hosne Ara Parvin, wife of Farid Uddin from Chakgram village of Bishwanath upazila under Sylhet district. Hosne Ara Parvin was the daughter of Nuruddin from Jangalhata village under Golapganj of Sylhet district.
Our Kurigram correspondent said, Abdus Samad was living at Agley Park in Christchurch from 2013 along with his family. He was performing his duty as the Muajjin of Al Noor mosque at Deans Avenue. He was the father of three sons. Before going New Zealand he was a teacher at Bangladesh Agriculture University in Mymensingh.
His brother Samsuddin, a lecturer of Nageswari Government College confirmed about Dr. Abdus Samad’s death. Bangladesh Honorary Consul Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan confirmed the death of Sanjida Akter.
Meanwhile, our Sylhet correspondent said, Hosne Ara Parvin was killed by the gunman while her effort to save her paralyzed husband after hearing the gunshots. Quoting the relatives residing in New Zealand Hosne Ara Parvin’s nephew Mahfuz Chowdhury said, there are two mosques in that particular area of Christchurch. One for men and another for women to say their prayers.
Hosne Ara went to the mosque along with her husband. Leaving her husband on a wheelchair in the men’s mosque she went to the mosque for women. After about 15 minutes she heard the sound of gunfire and came out of the mosque to save her husband. At that time she was killed by the gunman. But her husband Farid Uddin was unhurt.
Parvin-Farid couple has a daughter. They got married in 1994 in Bangladesh. After some years they left the country for New Zealand. They visited Bangladesh in 2009.
Mentionable, 49 people were killed and dozens were injured when gunmen attacked at Al Noor mosque and Linwood mosque in Christchurch of New Zealand on Friday when devotees were saying their Juma prayers.