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ISTANBUL: Turkish police have arrested 11 people over the murder of an American woman who disappeared while visiting Istanbul last month, police said yesterday.
The body of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra, a mother of two, was found on Saturday near Istanbul’s ancient city walls with fatal head wounds, the Radikal daily reported. “We have confirmed that she was murdered by way of impacts on her head,” Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin said.
The Milliyet newspaper said she was also stabbed several times in her abdomen, but there was no sign of rape or theft and she was still wearing jewellery when police found her. Turkish police had been searching for Sierra after her family reported that they had lost touch with her on January 21. The Hurriyet newspaper reported that Istanbul police have arrested 11 suspects but gave no further details. AFP