Hundreds attend funeral of murdered Saudi student

PhD student Nahid Almanea, 31, was stabbed 16 times last week on her way to university in what many deem to have been an Islamophobic attack in the UK.

Hundreds attend funeral of murdered Saudi student

World Bulletin / News Desk

Remarkable pictures from the Saudi Arabian funeral of a student murdered in the UK have emerged on social media, showing hundreds of grief-stricken mourners.

University of Essex PhD student, Nahid Almanea, 31, was stabbed 16 times last week as she walked to campus.

The Saudi Arabian citizen was found her body garbed in her abaya that morning on a footpath near a nature reserve.

Detectives are appealing for two men seen near the scene – one of which was wearing a distinctive beige jacket and in his “late teens to 30, of average build, tanned and with thick, black hair.”

The Independent got conformation from the Essex Police that Almanea’s body was repatriated, while the funeral appears to have to have taken place on Saturday.

Images circulated on Twitter and on local news sites show a substantial gathering mourning the loss of the English Language student. 

Messages of support, written in Arabic and posted online read: “Goodbye... she was killed due to the hijab - and through purity she faced the sword of this reason - Goodbye... by God we are healed - and from our silence, without any shame.”

Officers from Essex, Suffolk, London and Kent are working alongside the National Crime Agency in the investigation into Almanea’s death.

Police said they are keeping an open mind about a motive but are also looking into the possibility that she was targeted due to her Muslim dress.

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