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Abandoned baby rescued from Dhaka airport

by Istiak Ahmed Shimul

A baby girl was rescued by Armed Police Battalion (APBn) at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday after she was purportedly abandoned by her Saudi Arabia returnee mother.

The baby, aged about eight to nine months, was found sleeping on a visitor chair near the arrival lounge, said Additional Superintendent Alamgir Hossain of APBn.

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On information, an APBn team rescued her from there around 8am.

Later, APBn handed the baby to police to send her to victim support centre in the city’s Tejgaon, said the ASP.

The officials found that the baby’s mother spoke with an Oman returnee while waiting at the arrival lounge. However, during questioning, the Oman returnee could not tell the name and details of the Saudi returnee.

Citing CCTV footage, the APBn official said a burkha-clad woman wearing a face mask was seen carrying the baby girl while disembarking a plane that arrived from Saudi Arabia around 2am yesterday.

He said the baby’s name was missing from the passenger list.

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