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Murder of Saudi student remains mystery

Thousands attended al-Manea’s funeral in Saudi Arabia. Her body was flown back to the kingdom after Essex police released it

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The recent murder of Saudi student Nahid al-Manea in the UK has struck a chord in her home country.

Al-Manea, a 31-year-old PhD student, was brutally stabbed 16 times in broad daylight and died on the scene.

Police are still hunting the suspect and have called for calm in the wake of the stabbing, trying to quell fears that she was targeted because of her Islam-linked attire.

A 52-year-ol man, who was initially arrested in connection with the death, has now been “positively eliminated” from inquiries. Local authorities have advised students not to go out alone and have increased patrols in the area where the al-Manea was killed.

Al-Manea was buried in her native Saudi Arabia, after her body was released by Essex police. Thousands of people attended the funeral.

CCTV footage showing al-Manea’s last movements as she headed for the footpath on Tuesday morning has been released along with a map of her likely route from her home in nearby Woodrow Way, Colchester.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has recently warned of a rise in intimidation towards the community in the UK, saying that in recent months there has been an increase in the number of Muslim women that have been targeted for hate crimes. The MCB has received reports of Muslim men and women being attacked, their houses being vandalized, and even of pigs’ heads being left outside their front doors.