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Lilima Aktar death: IPCC investigates West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police is to be investigated over its contact with a woman in the hours before she was found dead.

Lilima Aktar, 27, was found on 14 June after police forced entry to her home in Pelham Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is now looking at how the force handled the situation.

Her estranged husband Mohammed Liaqat Ali, 37, has been charged with her murder and remanded in custody.

Ms Aktar was reported missing on the evening of 13 June, when her family was concerned she had failed to collect her children from school.

The IPCC said there had been limited contact between her and police contact over domestic-related reports earlier this year.

West Midlands Police referred the matter to the IPCC, which decided to conduct an independent investigation.

IPCC commissioner Sarah Green said: "Our independent investigation will examine the prior West Midlands Police contact with Lilima Aktar and how the force responded to the reports of concerns for her welfare several hours before her body was found.

"We have met with members of Ms Aktar's family to express our condolences and explain our role."

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