First picture of mum stabbed to death in Bradford street while pushing baby in pram

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A mother who was stabbed to death while pushing her baby in a pram in Bradford city centre has been pictured for the first time.

Kulsuma Akter, 27, who was attacked in Bradford on Saturday, is pictured in a sari alongside 25-year-old husband Habibur Masum, who is charged with her murder.

Speaking to the BBC from her home in Bangladesh, Ms Akter's mother, Monwara Begum, said: “I am in shock. She was my youngest daughter and I adored her greatly."

“She looked after me when my eldest daughter was married, and she would get my medicine and do everything for me.

“When she moved to the United Kingdom I was alone, but Kulsuma would call me every day by video. The only day I didn't hear from her was the day she was attacked.”

Masum, 25, appeared at Bradford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to face the charge of Ms Akter’s murder, as well as a charge of possession of a bladed article.

Masum, of Leamington Avenue, Burnley, was remanded in custody following a six-minute long hearing.

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Masum stood in the glass-fronted dock as he was addressed by District Judge Alex Boyd.

Clean-shaven, dressed in a grey sweatshirt and flanked by three security guards, he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Mr Boyd told him: “You are charged with the offence of murder, which can only be dealt with at the Crown court and that offence is sent to Bradford Crown Court for your first hearing which will take place tomorrow.

“Between now and that date you are remanded in custody."

Masum was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, 170 miles away from where Ms Akter was stabbed.

A 23-year-old man arrested in the Cheshire area on Monday on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on bail, West Yorkshire Police said.

Four other men were arrested in Aylesbury on suspicion of assisting an offender and drug offences.

The men aged 23, 26, 28 and 29, from the West Midlands area, are currently in custody, the force added.

Ms Akter was taken to hospital after being stabbed several times in Westgate at the junction with Drewton Road at 3.20pm on Saturday.

She later died from her injuries. The baby is safe and was not harmed in the incident, police said.