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Shafilea relatives are released
Shafilea Ahmed
Police do not know how Shafilea was murdered
Five relatives of murdered Cheshire teenager Shafilea Ahmed have been released on bail after being held on suspicion of lying to police.

They had been arrested in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on Tuesday.

Shafilea, 17, of Warrington, went missing last September and her body was found in February this year in Cumbria.

A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said: "All have been released on police bail to return on a date in December and inquiries are continuing."

Shafilea was last seen alive at her home in Liverpool Road, Great Sankey, on 11 September.

'Honour killing'

Her disappearance came just months after she drank bleach while on a family trip to Pakistan in an apparent protest at an arranged marriage.

Police believe she may have been murdered in a so-called "honour killing" in revenge for refusing a marriage.

It is still not known how she died but detectives are convinced she was murdered.

Her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana, were arrested on suspicion of kidnap but no charges were brought against either of them.

The five bailed on Wednesday night are a woman aged in her 20s, one man in his early 30s, two men in their late 30s and one man in his 60s.

Meanwhile, police spent Wednesday searching a number of properties in the Bradford area in connection with the murder inquiry.

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