Italian police hunt Pakistani family over suspected honour killing
Police in Italy are hunting the relatives of a Pakistani girl who they think was strangled to death and buried in a shallow grave in a so-called honour killing.
Saman Abbas, 18, has been missing since May 1 when she was last seen on CCTV at a farm near the city of Reggio Emilia, central Italy, where father Shabbar, 46, worked.
Police says Shabbar conspired with Saman's mother Nazia Shaheen, 47, uncle Hasnain Danish, 33, and cousins Nomanulhaq Nomanulahq and Ijaz Ikram, 33 and 28, to kill her and bury her body behind the farm before fleeing the country.
Investigators believe the relatives hatched the plot after Saman refused to enter into an arranged marriage with a cousin in Pakistan because she had a boyfriend in Italy and wanted to live a 'Western' lifestyle.
Ijaz has since been arrested in France on suspicion of murder and extradited back to Italy. Shabbar and Nazia are in Pakistan and have denied murder of their daughter.
The whereabouts of Hasnain - who prosecutors say masterminded the killing - and Nomanulhaq are unknown.
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