Cyprus Mail

Man wanted for fatal Nicosia stabbing arrested in north

Authorities in the north arrested on Thursday a man who is wanted in the south in connection with the February 23 murder of a Pakistani national in Nicosia.

Mohamad Al-Shalal, a 27-year-old from Syria, has been detained by Turkish Cypriot authorities for an unrelated offence – illegal entry into the north.

According to Kibris newspaper, he crossed into the north on March 1 via an unauthorised access point.

The paper said al-Shalal was spotted by a police patrol.

He is wanted by the Republic in connection to the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Pakistani Ahmed Bin Talib.

The crime took place in the early morning hours of February 23, on Rigenis Street, in old Nicosia.

Police already have in custody a 22-year-old Palestinian man.

Police said that during questioning the Palestinian admitted to having stabbed Bin Talib during a robbery but claimed he did not want to kill him.

He later revealed the name of his accomplice, al-Shalal.


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