British woman killed in Kashmir; Dutchman arrested

Updated 07 April 2013
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British woman killed in Kashmir; Dutchman arrested

SRINAGAR: A British woman was found dead in a pool of blood in a houseboat in the Indian portion of Kashmir yesterday and a Dutchman has been arrested in connection with the incident, police said.
Police officer Ghulam Jeelani said the British tourist, who was in her 20s, was found dead in her houseboat room on Dal Lake in Srinagar, the region’s main city.
“The woman had multiple stab wounds all over her body and we found a knife next to her,” said Afadul Mujtaba, another police officer.
Police said the Dutchman smashed open the door of the woman’s room during the night. Later, he fled with only his passport, leaving behind all his belongings, Mujtaba said.
He said the man, who is in his 40s, was later arrested in Qazigund, a town nearly 75 km south of Srinagar, while trying to escape from the region.
Police were questioning the man, but he has not been charged with anything, Mujtaba said.
Mujtaba said the victim’s body was sent for medical examination to determine whether she was sexually assaulted before being killed.
The woman spent more than a month in the houseboat, and the Dutchman booked into a separate room on Thursday, police said, adding that they were investigating whether the two knew each other.
Police said they have informed the victim’s family and the British High Commission in New Delhi about the incident. Britain’s Foreign Office said it was aware of the death of a British national and was providing consular assistance to the victim’s family.
Srinagar has been relatively peaceful after years of armed rebellion, and tourism has revived in the region — an area popular with adventure tourists, backpackers and honeymooners.


US offers $1m reward to locate journalist missing in Syria

Updated 19 min 16 sec ago
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US offers $1m reward to locate journalist missing in Syria

  • The FBI announced the $1m reward this week.
  • Tice, 36, is believed to the only American journalist currently held in Syria, one of the most dangerous countries for the news media in recent years.

Washington: The United States is offering a reward of $1 million for information about Austin Tice, an American journalist missing in Syria since 2012.
The FBI announced the reward this week, without any explanation on the timing.
“The timing of this reward is unrelated to any specific event,” an FBI spokeswoman said.
Tice, 36, is believed to the only American journalist currently held in Syria, one of the most dangerous countries for the news media in recent years.
A freelance journalist working for McClatchy News, the Washington Post, CBS, AFP and other news organizations, Tice was abducted in August 2012 near Damascus.
Tice’s family has launched several appeals for information about his whereabouts, saying they believe he is still alive.
In 2016, a #FreeAustinTice banner was attached to the facade of the Newseum, a museum focused on news media and located on the street linking the US Capitol and the White House.
An FBI statement on its website said it would offer the reward “for information leading directly to the safe location, recovery, and return” of Tice.
The agency created an email address [email protected] and said anyone with information could also use the website tips.fbi.gov or contact any US consulate.