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Update after international student’s attack

The Bangladeshi Student Association of Charles Darwin University held a vigil for Md Ishaqur Rahman Sifat before his death was confirmed. Picture: CDU Facebook
The Bangladeshi Student Association of Charles Darwin University held a vigil for Md Ishaqur Rahman Sifat before his death was confirmed. Picture: CDU Facebook

Police have charged a man with the murder of an international student who died after he was critically injured during an alleged violent home invasion.

Md Ishaqur Rahman Sifat, 23, was rushed to Royal Darwin hospital with “significant injuries” early on Wednesday morning, but died on Thursday.

NT Police on Friday charged a 29-year-old man – who had been arrested near the Millner home shortly after Mr Sifat was found – with murder, aggravated burglary and theft.

He will appear in Darwin Local Court on Monday.

Charles Darwin University where Mr Sifat, from Bangladesh, had been studying has been rocked by his death. Students and staff held an emotional vigil for the 23-year-old at the Casuarina campus earlier on Thursday.

The Bangladeshi Student Association of Charles Darwin University held a vigil for Mr Sifat before his death was confirmed. Picture: CDU Facebook
The Bangladeshi Student Association of Charles Darwin University held a vigil for Mr Sifat before his death was confirmed. Picture: CDU Facebook
Students and university staff attended the vigil at the Casuarina campus. Picture: CDU Facebook
Students and university staff attended the vigil at the Casuarina campus. Picture: CDU Facebook

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman attended a large vigil held for Sifat earlier on Thursday.

Hundreds turned out in support of Mr Sifat. Prof Bowman said the whole CDU community had been impacted by the incident.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends at this very difficult time.”

His family is understood to have made an emergency dash to Darwin after they were told of the attack.

The Islamic Society of Darwin will organise a prayer service for Mr Sifat.

“With sadness and grief, this evening we lost our Bangladeshi brother MD Ishaqur Rahman (Sifat),” the ISD said on its Facebook page.

“After consultation with the family and friends, ISD will organise the Dua and conduct a prayer at the Vanderlin Drive Mosque Darwin prior to the final send off.”

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A man will appear in court on Monday charged with the murder of Mr Sifat. Picture: NCA NewsWire /Brendan Beckett

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the surrounding areas, especially if you have CCTV, is urged to contact police on 131 444.