A jilted student accused of stabbing his young classmate to death in a frenzied attack after she broke off their romance has been seized by police.
Tattooed Islam Mohamed, 22, is said to have stabbed his 20-year-old victim Salma Bahgat 17 times in a building lobby on 9th August, in Zagazig, Egypt.
Salma – a mass communications student at the private El Shorouk Academy in nearby Cairo – died from her injuries.
Mohamed – who had Salma’s name inked on his chest and on his right arm – was apprehended at the crime scene.
The suspect had been threatening the victim on social media after she ended their relationship, according to local media reports.
The Public Prosecution Office is investigating the case, but preliminary reports say Mohamed stabbed the victim 15 times in her chest and twice in her back.
The building where she died was the workplace of a friend of the victim, said reports.
The shocking incident comes less than two months after the violent killing of Nayera Ashraf, whose story went around the world.
Footage showing the university student being knifed to death in broad daylight by her classmate Mohamed Adel shocked Egypt.
Adel – who killed the 21-year-old after she rejected his marriage proposal – was sentenced to death by a court in Mansoura.
He remains on death row.
At the time of reporting, Islam Mohamed was being questioned by prosecutors and Salma’s body was undergoing a post-mortem examination.