Colchester murder: New arrest in Saudi student case

CCTV of Nahid Almanea Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Nahid Almanea was captured on CCTV moments before her death

A man has been arrested over the death of a Saudi Arabian student in Essex.

Nahid Almanea was found with 16 stab wounds on a path near Avon Way, Colchester, on Tuesday.

Essex Police said a 19-year-old from Colchester was arrested at 16:00 BST in connection with the death.

He had originally been arrested just after midnight in connection with an attack on another woman who was jogging on Peache Road in the town late on Thursday.

Ms Almanea, 31, of Woodrow Way, was killed as she walked to the University of Essex on Tuesday morning.

She had been in the UK for less than a year and was taking an English language course as part of her studies for a life sciences PhD.

Image caption Ms Almanea was killed while walking to the University of Essex on Tuesday morning

Essex Police said the man was arrested in connection with Ms Almanea's death while being questioned by officers on suspicion of assaulting the other woman.

A spokesman said a man tried to grab her as she was jogging at about 22:00 BST.

She fought him off and called the police.

After a search of the area, the man was arrested shortly after midnight.

Police had been investigating whether Ms Almanea was targeted because of her Muslim religion, but said there were other possible motives for the attack.

Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Nahid Almanea was carrying this bag before she was attacked

Ms Almanea was wearing a Muslim abaya robe and a multi-coloured hijab headscarf when she was killed.

CCTV images of Ms Almanea's last movements have been issued in the hope of encouraging witnesses. A picture of the bag she was carrying and a map of the route she was likely to have walked have also been released.

The University of Essex said Ms Almanea was a "very hard-working and conscientious" student and was due to finish her studies in August.

A 52-year-old man previously arrested over the death has been "positively eliminated" from police inquiries.

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