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Ayia Napa murder suspects arrested in Kyrenia

 

Two men wanted by Cyprus police in connection with the fatal stabbing of Briton George Low on Sunday in Ayia Napa, were captured in Kyrenia on Friday by Turkish Cypriot police, according to reports in Turkish Cypriot media.

The two men, Mehmet Akpinar, 22, and Ahmed Salih, 43, will be brought before a court for a remand hearing on Saturday.

Police said late Friday said they could not comment on the reports.

Earlier on Friday, claims had surfaced that the two suspects in the murder were not Turkish Cypriots and there was no confirmation they had escaped to the breakaway state in the north of the island.

According to media reports quoting Hakki Onen, the Turkish Cypriot co-chairman of the bicommuncal technical committee on crime earlier on Friday, one of the suspects was a Turk from Bulgaria while the other was either a Kurd or an Arab.

It was not immediately known who was who.

Police said they had no official information about the matter.

A spokesman said they had issued the arrest warrants against Akpinar and Salih based on a statement given by a third suspect, Koulla Anastasiou, 48. Anastasiou said she lived with Akpinar in her Kamares home in Larnaca. She was the one who told police the two were Turkish Cypriots.

Police said 22-year-old estate agent Low from Dartford, in Kent, and his friend Ben Joseph Robert Parker were walking along Grigori Afxentiou Street at around 3.20am when they were attacked by two men, armed with knives, who then fled in different directions.

Low suffered a fatal blow to his neck, which severed his carotid artery and was declared dead at 3.40am at the private clinic the two were rushed to in Paralimni. Parker was stabbed four times in the back. His condition is not life-threatening.

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