South East Wales

Cardiff hotel murder suspect Sammy Almahri found

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Media captionDet Supt Paul Hurley said police on three continents had been working on the case

A man suspected of murdering a woman in a Cardiff hotel room on New Year's Eve has been arrested by police in Tanzania.

Sammy Almahri, 44, from New York, was wanted following the discovery of 28-year-old Nadine Aburas's body at the Future Inn, Cardiff Bay.

An international search was launched to find Mr Almahri.

South Wales Police confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday that he was found in Tanzania.

Extradition proceedings will now begin.

Det Supt Paul Hurley said: "Almahri fled to Tanzania and we have worked closely with the local police authorities to trace and arrest him.

"This has been a fast moving and complex investigation, involving law enforcement agencies from three continents and we are particularly grateful for the professional cooperation we have received from the Tanzanian police.

"Officers from South Wales Police major crime unit were sent to Tanzania to work with local police officers and were able to trace Almahri's movements over hundreds of kilometres across the country."

A Home Office spokesperson said: "We can confirm Mr Almahri has been arrested in Tanzania in relation to an extradition request.

"The extradition process, including the length of time it is likely to take, is a matter for the Tanzanian authorities."

A massive manhunt involving 40 South Wales Police officers was launched, who said Mr Almahri had fled to Tanzania.

The pair had known each other for three years and had met up previously in New York city.

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Image caption Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen Mr Almahri or Ms Aburas
Image caption Andrea Aburas made an appeal following her daughter's death

At a previous press conference, Ms Aburas's mother, Andrea, said her heart has been "torn in two" by her daughter's death.

She appealed for Mr Almahri to contact police: "I am asking you, as Nadine's mother, please hand yourself into the authorities and please help us find the answers that we need so we can let Nadine rest in peace.

"You told us that you loved Nadine, if that is true, please let the police help you."