22-year-old Tunisian Maher Maaroufe has been apprehended in London on suspicion of murder and assault after the death of a student in the city.
Maaroufe, of no fixed address, remained in police custody on Monday.
“I would like to thank everyone for publicising and sharing our appeal to trace Maaroufe,” said DCI Linda Bradley, who is leading the investigation.
“Sabita’s family have been updated with this development and continue to be supported by specially trained officers. Our deepest condolences are with them.
“I would ask everyone to respect their privacy at this indescribably devastating time for them as they come to terms with Sabita’s murder.”
Officers were called to Arbour House, a student accommodation building, at about 5.10am on Saturday after reports that Thanwani, a British citizen, had been injured.
Thanwani, a psychology student at City, University of London, had suffered serious neck injuries. Despite efforts by medics to save her, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
London’s Metropolitan Police had identified Maaroufe as a suspect and said he had links across the capital, particularly in the Marble Arch, Edgware Road and Lewisham areas.
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