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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 April 2006, 09:44 GMT 10:44 UK
Five re-arrested after body found
Banaz Mahmod Babakir Agha
Police had been trying to trace Banaz Mahmod Babakir Agha
Police have re-arrested five people after finding what they believe is the body of a missing 20-year-old London woman in a suitcase in Birmingham.

Banaz Mahmod Babakir Agha, of Mitcham, south London, vanished on 23 January. A man has been charged with murder.

Police recovered the suitcase during a search of a garden in Alexandra Road, Handsworth, and the body is thought to be that of the missing woman.

A post-mortem examination is being conducted at a Birmingham mortuary.


Banaz, who is of Kurdish origin, had not withdrawn any money since she vanished, and did not take a change of clothing or passport with her.

Searches had taken place previously at addresses in London, Birmingham and Sheffield.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection with the investigation and a further eight people were arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.

Of these, five have been re-arrested and are now in custody, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said on Sunday.

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