New Zealand Bags: South Korean woman arrested for killing two children



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42-year-old woman believed to be the mother of two children whose remains were found in suitcases purchased from A storage facility has been arrested in New Zealand in connection with the alleged murders.

A South Korean police official told CNN that the woman, whose identity has not been identified, was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning local time in the southeastern city of Ulsan.

The police official confirmed that the arrested woman is the same woman believed to be the mother of the children, according to previous police reports, who arrived in South Korea several years ago and has not left the country since.

New Zealand police said in a statement that it had requested an arrest warrant for the woman under the country’s extradition treaty with South Korea and had applied for her extradition to New Zealand to face charges.

New Zealand Detective Inspector Tufelaw Famanuya Failua said in a statement Thursday.

Valois added that the woman would remain in detention pending the completion of the handover process. The woman’s identity has been withheld to avoid the possibility of children being identified.

South Korean authorities confirmed last month that the woman had been born in South Korea and acquired New Zealand citizenship “a long time ago”.

The Seoul High Court will now decide within two months whether to extradite the woman to New Zealand.

New Zealand police launched a murder investigation last month after a family in south Auckland reported finding human remains in bags they had bought at an online auction from a storage facility.

According to New Zealand police, the children – between the ages of 5 and 10 – may have died about three to four years ago.

Police stressed at the time that the family that bought the bags had not been investigated.

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