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Police believe found body was victim of premeditated murder (updated)

Police are considering the stabbing of a man whose body was found in Paphos on Saturday night as a premeditated murder, Paphos police chief Nicos Pentaras said.

A 20-year-old victim was stabbed with a sharp object in the Vrexi area of Chlorakas on Friday night.

He said that after interrogating people who were involved in the altercation that led to the murder they went to the site it happened and located the body.

Police were initially called to a spot on the Chlorakas to Kato Paphos road on Friday night where an argument was taking place and a man bleeding had reportedly been left. They did not however find the body.

On Saturday when police continued investigations the body was found in a riverbed in an open area.

Pentaras said that according to information from witnesses, police believe the killing was a matter of honour because of differences between foreigners.

The police have issued arrest warrants against two compatriots of the victim, aged 22 and 25: Walid Al Moustafa and Tarek Haj Halaf, both from Syria.

According to Phileleftheros, on Sunday the car of one of the suspects was found in an area of Lemba near the site where the body was found.

The car was abandoned in an agricultural zone of the village and is being examined by police, who have already taken evidence and genetic material from it.

Police have also appealed to anyone with information to contact CID on 26 806021 or contact the citizens line on 1460.

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