Asian woman stabbed to death in London college

September 23rd, 2008 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 23 (IANS) A woman, reportedly of Pakistani origin, was stabbed to death Monday by a man wearing a Phantom of the Opera mask in a small college for foreign students in east London.The 23-year-old unnamed woman was said to be a receptionist at St George’s college in the area of Plaistow. The small college runs courses in subjects from travel tourism to computing and is believed to have three teachers.

Witnesses said the killer, wearing a curly black wig as well as the white mask from the popular musical, repeatedly stabbed the woman’s lifeless body in a frenzied attack.

A second woman, said to be the wife of the college proprietor, was also injured but was discharged from hospital after treatment, local papers said.

Officers said they had arrested a 29-year-old man, who was in hospital with neck injuries apparently suffered in a suicide attempt.

The woman who was injured and witnessed the murder was named as Kiran Asghar.

Ijaz Malik, who runs a builders merchants on the ground floor of the same building, said: “She was already dead but he was stabbing her again and again. When he saw me he chased me down the stairs. I locked the door behind me and called the police. It was the worst thing I have ever seen in my life.”

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