Soopika P was savagely stabbed to death in Ahaus
The 22-year-old woman, only identified as Soopika P, died from her injuries in the early hours of Saturday morning after she was repeatedly stabbed in the head, neck and breast.
Police were called to the town close to the Netherlands border in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia after neighbours heard the woman’s cries for help shortly after midnight and saw a man bending over her.
The woman died later in hospital from severe blood loss.
Only yesterday, the prosecutor's office ordered the European-wide call for arrest on the basis of the existing national arrest warrant. Today's arrest of the suspect in Switzerland is a quick success
Chief prosecutor Martin Botzenhardt
Officials have now arrested a 27-year-old Nigerian man at Basel train station, in Switzerland.
During a check-up in Basel he had identified himself with his German asylum certificate. He is currently detained in Switzerland.
The chief prosecutor in Münster Martin Botzenhardt confirmed that a Nigerian asylum seeker had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.
Police check the papers of a man in Basel train station in 2011 (archive image)
He said: "Only yesterday, the prosecutor's office ordered the European-wide call for arrest on the basis of the existing national arrest warrant. Today's arrest of the suspect in Switzerland is a quick success.”
Mr Botzenhardt added: "The prosecutor's office in Münster is initiating the formal extradition request.
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"The murder commission will not question the suspects until after his arrival in Germany."
The Chief Prosecutor confirmed that an autopsy had been carried out and that police had been looking for a man who had been in contact with the woman in recent weeks.
The details of the crime are still being investigated but according to the public prosecutor’s office in Münster the victim had been actively involved in aiding refugees and knew the Nigerian man.
A train arrives at Basel station in Switzerland
Mr Botzenhardt confirmed that the man had no record of previous offences and the woman had not filed a complaint against him in the run up to the crime.
Soopika, who had moved to Germany from Sri Lanka with her family, had lived in Ahaus for a number of years and had wanted to work with children after having had experience working in youth welfare.
According to local media reports, she was very popular, had many friends and loved playing keyboard and violin in her spare time.
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