ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A 32-year-old Kurdish woman named Avan Najmadeen was found stabbed to death at her home on Monday after she failed to pick up her children from school, police and local sources said.
Officers from Staffordshire Police found Najmadeen at her home in Glebedale Road, Fenton, at about 17:00 local time.
Najmadeen, believed to be originally from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, is reported to have died as the result of multiple wounds from a sharp object.
According to local police, three men have been arrested on murder charges and remain in custody.
Police further specified that a 33-year-old man from Wigan and a 33-year-old man from Liverpool were both being held on Friday. Magistrates also granted detectives a further 36 hours to detain a 35-year-old man, also from Wigan, who was arrested on Wednesday.
Officials are now conducting a forensic investigation.
“Avan had lived in Glebedale Road with her four children and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen her or knows her movements over the weekend of 28-30 September, before she was found on Monday afternoon,” Detective Inspector Victoria Downing said on Friday.
The deceased woman's four boys are believed to be aged between four and 11 years old.
Neighbors told British local media that Najmadeen had moved into the three-bedroom house just over two months ago and had recently been busy re-decorating it.
“She seemed really nice. You would see her working hard to make the house nice while her four boys were playing in the garden,” said a woman who lived nearby.
“They were no trouble, I never heard a raised voice or saw anything to worry me. There was a man who I had seen at the house, but I don’t know if he was her partner,” she continued.
“The first I knew about what had happened was when the police cars and ambulances all arrived. I can’t stop thinking about it and about her poor boys who have lost their mother.”
Editing by John J. Catherine