Man charged with murder of Omani student outside London’s Harrods store

A man has been charged with the December murder of Omani student Mohammed Al-Araimi (pictured) in London outside Harrods department store. (Metropolitan Police/AFP)
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Updated 09 January 2020

Man charged with murder of Omani student outside London’s Harrods store

  • Al-Araimi was a student at King’s College London studying politics and economics
  • Police had released CCTV footage of two men they wanted to question in connection with the attack and offered a reward

LONDON: A man has been charged with the December murder of Omani student Mohammed Al-Araimi in London after handing himself in to UK police.
Badir Rahim Alnazi, 23, was arrested on Wednesday and charged on Thursday with murder, as well as attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article, the Metropolitan Police said.
Police had released CCTV footage of two men they wanted to question in connection with the attack and offered a reward of £20,000 ($26,000) for information that led to the prosecution of those responsible.
Alnazi will appear at Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Thursday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.
A Metropolitan Police statement said enquiries are continuing.
Al-Araimi, 20, the youngest son of Omani property developer Sheikh Abdullah Al-Araimi, was attacked outside the department store Harrods on Dec. 6 as he walked home from spending the evening with a friend.
The friend, a Bahraini citizen, was also wounded in the attack and taken to a London hospital but has since been discharged.
Al-Araimi was a student at King’s College London studying politics and economics and his relatives, said to be close to Oman’s royal family, were regular visitors to the UK capital.


Four killed in India clash ahead of Trump arrival

A man supporting a new citizenship law throws a stone at those who are opposing the law, during a clash in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Four killed in India clash ahead of Trump arrival

  • The new law has raised worries abroad — including in Washington — that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remold secular India into a Hindu nation while marginalizing the country’s 200 million Muslims, a claim he denies

NEW DELHI: A policeman was among at least four people killed in New Delhi on Monday during violent clashes over a contentious citizenship law, local media said, hours before US President Donald Trump arrived in the Indian capital for an official visit.
Protesters torched at least two houses and shops before later setting a tire market on fire, the Press Trust of India said. Local TV channels showed plumes of black smoke billowing from buildings.
One video posted on social media showed crowds of men shouting “Jai Shree Ram” or “Hail Lord Ram,” a revered Hindu deity, as they went on a rampage.
Protests have broken out across India since the citizenship law came into force in December, leaving at least 30 people killed in clashes with police. Critics say the law discriminates against Muslims.
The new law has raised worries abroad — including in Washington — that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remold secular India into a Hindu nation while marginalizing the country’s 200 million Muslims, a claim he denies.
The latest unrest erupted between several hundred supporters and opponents of the law in a Muslim-dominated area of northeast Delhi on Sunday, and continued Monday.
A constable died after receiving a critical head injury, while another senior officer was among the injured.
Local media said three civilians also died and many people were hurt.
“Please renounce violence. Nobody benefits from this. All problems will be solved by peace,” Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted that schools in the capital’s northeast would be shut on Tuesday and exams postponed.
Trump arrived in the western state of Gujarat on Monday and addressed about 100,000 people at a rally with Modi before he visited the Taj Mahal monument in Agra.
Later Monday the US president landed in Delhi before official talks in the city on Tuesday.
A senior US official told reporters that Trump would raise concerns about religious freedom in the Hindu-majority nation during the trip, calling them “extremely important to this administration.”