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Japanese tourist killed in Turkey stabbing

A Japanese woman was killed and another badly injured in a stabbing attack in Cappadocia, a popular tourist area in central Turkey, the local governor said.



Ankara: A Japanese woman was killed and another badly injured in a stabbing attack in Cappadocia, a popular tourist area in central Turkey, the local governor said on Tuesday.

The two women were attacked while hiking in the Zemi valley yesterday, Governor Mehmet Ceylan was quoted as saying by the Dogan news agency.

Mai Kurihara, 22, was killed and her friend Hoshie Teramatsu, also 22, is being treated in a local hospital, the governor said.

Other travellers found the pair unconscious and alerted the authorities.

Turkish police arrested two suspects after Teramatsu recognised one of them in photographs shown to her by police at the hospital where she is being treated, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The suspect she identified is known to police for sexual harassment and drug taking, Anatolia said.

Police were also searching for a car identified from security camera footage, it said.
Cappadocia is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is famous for its lunar landscape, cone-shaped volcanic rock formations, rock-carved underground cities and early Christian churches.

AFP

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