In Germany, a 27-year-old Nigerian asylum seeking male, stabbed a 22-year-old girl identified only as Soopika P., who sources say was an immigrant from Sri Lanka who moved to Germany as a child with her family.
The 22-year-old was found with stab wounds in her head, neck, and chest when police were called to the town of Ahaus, Germany. Neighbors reportedly heard her screams for help, and saw a man bending over her.
The suspect was apprehended just a day after being identified. Chief prosecutor Martin Botzenhardt said, “Only yesterday, the prosecutor’s office ordered the European-wide call for arrest on the basis of the existing national arrest warrant. Today’s arrest of the suspect in Switzerland is a quick success,” Express reports.
The Nigerian asylum seeker was apprehended in the Swiss city of Bern, reportedly trying to get on a train. While the crime was committed in Ahaus, Germany, police departments across the EU are finding better ways to work together to catch fleeing criminals, in the wake of several high profile crimes committed by various migrants.
Officials have now arrested a 27-year-old Nigerian man at Basel train station, in Switzerland.
During a check-up in Basel he had identified himself with his German asylum certificate. He is currently detained in Switzerland.
The chief prosecutor in Münster Martin Botzenhardt confirmed that a Nigerian asylum seeker had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
“The murder commission will not question the suspects until after his arrival in Germany.”
The Chief Prosecutor confirmed that an autopsy had been carried out and that police had been looking for a man who had been in contact with the woman in recent weeks.
The details of the crime are still being investigated but according to the public prosecutor’s office in Münster the victim had been actively involved in aiding refugees and knew the Nigerian man.
Mr Botzenhardt confirmed that the man had no record of previous offences and the woman had not filed a complaint against him in the run up to the crime.
Soopika, who had moved to Germany from Sri Lanka with her family, had lived in Ahaus for a number of years and had wanted to work with children after having had experience working in youth welfare.
According to local media reports, she was very popular, had many friends and loved playing keyboard and violin in her spare time.