Suspect arrested after young mother stabbed to death while walking with her baby

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly stabbing to death a mother who was out walking her baby in a stroller in Bradford, England, on Saturday. 

While police did not name the person they arrested, he has been identified by the BBC as Habibur Masum, who was previously reported to be the suspect in the case.

West Yorkshire Police did say that the suspect is from Oldham and was arrested early Tuesday morning in the Aylesbury area. He is accused of murdering Oldham resident Kulsuma Akter, 27, during a walk at around 3:21 p.m. on April 6. West Yorkshire Police said she was “taken to hospital but subsequently died from her injuries.”

“This is a tragic incident in which a mother has lost her life in the most horrific of circumstances,” Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Enquiry Team said in a statement. “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.”

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Split image of suspect at bus stop

West Yorkshire Police released pictures showing the murder suspect near a bus stop after the homicide. (West Yorkshire Police)

Akter was pushing a stroller when she was attacked, but authorities said her baby was not harmed.

Authorities had said they believed that Masum and Akter knew each other. Masum was recorded standing outside a bus stop shortly after the murder, and police said they also recovered a knife from the scene.

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Habibur Masum

Habibur Masum, above, allegedly stabbed to death Oldham resident Kulsuma Akter, 27, during a walk with her daughter. (West Yorkshire Police)

According to the BBC, Masum was charged with threatening to kill Akter in November after assaulting her a day prior. Both incidents were alleged to have happened in Manchester, according to court documents obtained by the media outlet. 

“Due to police having contact with Kulsuma prior to her death, West Yorkshire Police has referred itself to the Independent Office of Police Conduct,” the department’s press release states.

CCTV footage of suspect walking to bus stop

West Yorkshire Police released footage that it believes shows Habibur Masum near the scene of the crime. (West Yorkshire Police)

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Police also arrested a 23-year-old man for allegedly assisting an offender. 

West Yorkshire Police are investigating the incident and ask anyone with information to contact them.

Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.

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