A Saudi Arabian student was stabbed 16 times in a "brutal and savage" attack as she walked alone to university, detectives said as they stepped up their investigation into whether she was targeted because of her traditional Islamic clothing.
Detectives investigating the murder of Nahid Almanea, 31, appealed for calm over fears of reprisal attacks in Colchester, where the student was knifed to death on Tuesday.
"It is extremely unusual to see an attack of this type," he said. "We remain open-minded as to the profile of the offender or offenders, and we remain open-minded as to whether or not the two murder investigations would be linked."
The murders were being treated as "separate but parallel" investigations, he added.
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