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Cars searched in Luton murder inquiry

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Police have searched cars outside the home of a woman found stabbed to death as part of a murder investigation.

The 34-year-old, named locally as Saima Khan, is believed to have been found with stab wounds at Overstone Road on Monday night. She died at the scene.

A "high" level of violence was involved in the mother of four's death, police have said.

The cause of death has yet to be announced. A post-mortem examination was due to be held on Wednesday.

One of the cars searched had been abandoned in the middle of the road.

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Image caption Ms Khan is thought to have been killed while family members attended a funeral at Luton Central Mosque
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Image caption Police said they would be at the house for several days

Det Ch Insp Adam Gallop said answers to the case could be found in the community.

"I'm appealing for witnesses in that area or anyone who believes that they may have information that would help us," he said.

"We are following a number of lines of inquiry and are keeping an open mind as to what led to this tragic incident."

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Image caption Det Ch Insp Adam Gallop is leading the investigation and said police had several lines of inquiry

He said the "main focus" of the investigation was "within the actual property itself" and that police would remain there "for a number of days".

A cordon is still in place on Overstone Road and officers continue to search the street. A police tent remains in the victim's front garden.

Neighbours have said they were alerted to shouting and screaming at about 23:30 BST, when police were called.

Rumours have circulated that the woman was a victim of a "botched burglary" while the family was a funeral, but police have not confirmed or denied this.

Det Ch Insp criticised speculation about the case on social media, describing it as "hurtful" to the family.

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