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Hundreds attend Saudi Arabian funeral of stabbed student

Riyadh, (Saudi Arabia): The Saudi victim of a frenzied stabbing in Colchester has been laid to rest in a desert funeral attended by thousands of mourners two days back.

Nahid Almanea, 31, was buried in her native Al Jouf, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday afternoon after her body was released by Essex police and flown back to the Middle East.

Pictures carried by local media showed crowds of sombre and distraught men present for Ms Almanea's tragic homecoming and her funeral beneath a blazing desert sun.

A line of investigation is considering whether she may have been targeted because of her distinctive Muslim clothing, which included a full-length abaya robe and multi-coloured hijab headscarf.

However chilling similarities between the attack on Ms Almanea and another murder three months earlier have led to speculation that there may be a serial killer on the loose in Colchester.

Police are continuing to investigate an incident in which a woman fought off an as she jogged less than a mile from the scene of Ms Almanea's murder last Thursday.


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