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Woman shot dead at wedding after refusing arranged marriage to her cousin

Father Ghazi H. posts picture of his dead daughter
 Father Ghazi H. posts picture of his dead daughter 

A father stopped his daughter's arranged marriage after she begged him to. Now she is dead, gunned down at a family wedding.

A Kurdish father living in Germany has called for justice after his daughter was gunned down after refusing an arranged marriage.

'Shilan' was just three when her family fled Iraq - where Kurds face persecution - and grew into a confident woman, became a German citizen and studied property management.

Now the 21-year-old is dead, shot in the head at a wedding in Hannover as her devastated family watched on.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for her cousin Sefin N. (German law prohibits publishing his full name).

The victim's father Ghazi, 50, says his brothers decided she should marry his brother's son Numan while he was on an aid mission in Iraq and when he returned she begged him to stop the wedding from going ahead, reports Bild.

He claimed the murder was vengeance for her spurning her cousin. He said dozens of guests recognised Sefin at the scene.

He wrote on Facebook: "With great sadness, pain and a bleeding heart, I announce the death of my beloved daughter Shilan."

He said she was the victim of "an insidious betrayal, customs and traditions", and added: "It is a crime against an innocent person.

"We live here in Europe!"

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