Swiss police have yesterday arrested a 27-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker who is suspected of stabbing a young woman to death in the German town of Ahaus. Following the brutal murder this weekend, the refugee had fled to Switzerland.
The fatal knife attack took place on Sunday night when the 22-year-old victim, named as Soopika P., was stabbed several times in the head, chest, and neck. Shortly after, she died in the hospital.
After the killing, the Germans put out a Europe-wide arrest warrant, leading to the capture of the Nigerian national in the city of Basel. “Today’s arrest of the suspect in Switzerland is a quick success,” the German Justice Ministry commented. Germany has asked Switzerland to extradite the 27-year-old, who will be interrogated following his return.
Victim volunteered in refugee relief
According to Bild, Soopika P. comes from an Indian background, although earlier reports mention her family originating in Sri Lanka. The woman was voluntarily working with asylum seekers in a center in her hometown of Ahaus where she may have met the attacker. The prosecutor confirmed that the Nigerian “had been trying to contact the woman” in the weeks preceding the stabbing.
The murder gruesomely echoes two previous affairs involving refugees.
This October, Maria Ladenburger, 17, was raped and then drowned by an Afghan refugee in the German city of Freiburg. The medical student worked as a volunteer at a refugee center.
In January, 22-year-old Alexandra Mezher was fatally stabbed by a Somali Muslim in an asylum center near the Swedish city of Gothenburg, where she worked. The attacker, one Youssaf Khaliif Nuur, had applied for asylum as an unaccompanied minor, claiming he was only 15 years old even though he probably is an adult.