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UK police releases Saudi student killing suspect

The victim is suspected to have been targetted because of her Islamic attire

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Police in the United Kingdom probing the brutal murder of a female Saudi student have released a 19-year-old man they were questioning in connection to the case, local media reported Saturday.

According to a report in Sky News, police probing the murder of Nahid Almanea in Essex said the man was arrested on Friday in connection with a separate assault.

The man has been released from police custody and eliminated from their inquiries, Sky News said.

Almanea, a 31-year-old who had been studying at a local university for a PHD, was stabbed 16 times while walking along a path in Colchester on Tuesday morning.

Manea was wearing an abaya – a black cloak worn by some Muslim women – and headscarf when she was murdered, and police are investigating the possibility she was deliberately targeted because of her religious dress.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has warned of a rise in intimidation toward the community in the UK, which has coincided with a surge in support for right-wing political parties.

Police released a CCTV picture of Ms. Almanea taken moments before her death.

According to Sky News, Police are investigating whether Ms Almanea's clothing was a factor in the stabbing, but have stressed that they do not know for sure.