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Woman's killer was jealous of wealth, family says

SUNAMGANJ, Bangladesh, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The family of a British woman who was killed in Bangladesh say she was hacked to death with machetes by other relatives who were jealous of her wealth.

Rehana Begum, 43, of Stepney, was killed Friday in Sunamganj, in northeast Bangladesh, the BBC reported.

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She was approached by several men wielding machetes who then attacked her.

"She has been hacked to death by four people for jewelry and money," an unnamed man who said he was a family member told the BBC.

Two children were also injured in the attack and were treated at a local hospital.

Police arrested a man named Bashir Mia on suspicion of carrying out the murder. Bangladeshi Police said the suspect is a male relative of the victim's husband and that they suspect he planned the attack.

The victim's family members said they believe Mia killed Begum, who was in Bangladesh visiting family with her husband Abdul Kadir and son Rakib, because he was envious of her money, the London Evening Standard reported.

"Being somebody from England in Bangladesh you are relatively wealthy," said Begum's cousin Sheela Ali, 33. "These people have always had this jealousy of this lady who is earning more money than them."

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Other relatives said they were shocked by the incident.

"We are shocked and saddened and my children are traumatized," said Begum's brother-in-law Angur Miah, 60. "Rehana was a very honest person who helped the community. She was always very dedicated to her family. It is so cruel that they have taken her away from us."

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