A 31-year-old Syrian woman who was found dead in Paphos on Monday was stabbed while three of her seven children were at home.
Police are treating it as premeditated murder and her 42-year-old estranged husband is being sought in connection with the case.
The woman was found dead in her house in the town’s technical school area at around 11.40am on Monday by a social worker during a routine visit. She had wounds to her chest believed to have been caused by a knife. The woman was reportedly found in her bed.
Reports said she was a mother of seven. Her two older children, aged 16 and 17, live in Syria while the rest, aged between three and 11, were living with her.
The head of the Paphos CID, Michalis Ioannou, said that three of the five children were in the flat when the attack took place.
According to reports the three youngest were in the house with their mother while the other two were at a relative’s house.
The body was examined by state pathologist Angeliki Papeta who surmised that the stabbing took place between 7am and 8am on Monday.
Ioannou said that, according to their information, the woman was alive after being injured and was trying to treat her wounds in the presence of the children. All five children were taken under the care of the social welfare services.
Last week a court restraining order was issued against her husband, reports said.
Ioannou said there is no testimony that the couple had argued prior to the incident.
Police are looking for the whereabouts of her husband, Hussein Farouh in connection with the case.
Anyone that could help locate him are urged to contact the Paphos CID at 26806085 or 26806021 or call the nearest police station or the Citizen Hotline at 1460.