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'Honour killing' sister arrested

The sister of suspected honour killing victim Shafilea Ahmed has been arrested on suspicion of an armed robbery which took place at her family home.

Three men broke into the house in Warrington, Cheshire, at around 10.20pm on Wednesday and tied up Shafilea's mother Faranza and four of her adult children. The father, Iftikhar, was out of the house at the time.

The thieves ransacked the house and fled with cash and jewellery.

The victims managed to free themselves and call police.

Shortly afterwards, Alisha Ahmed, 22, the younger sister of Shafilea, was arrested in connection with the incident and questioned by detectives, Cheshire Police said. She was bailed on Thursday night and asked to report back to police on Friday.

A 24-year-old man from Salford, Greater Manchester, is in police custody after also being arrested on suspicion of the robbery.

Shafilea's remains were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004. The 17-year-disappeared from her home in Great Sankey five months earlier, sparking a major police search. A few months before, Shafilea had refused to be part of an arranged marriage and, while visiting Pakistan to meet a prospective husband, had drunk bleach.

Police initially suspected she had been the victim of an honour killing and arrested and questioned her parents on suspicion of kidnapping.

The Crown Prosecution Service concluded insufficient evidence was found to prosecute.

South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith returned a verdict of unlawful killing, saying he believed the teenager was probably murdered.

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