Last updated: 16 October, 2013

Qatar makes arrests after British teacher killed in Doha

Qatari security forces have made arrests over the murder of a European woman, the interior ministry said Wednesday, after a 24-year-old British teacher was found dead in the Gulf state.

Teacher Lauren Patterson went missing on Saturday after a night out, according to British press reports. Her body was found shortly afterwards.

“The security services arrested the perpetrators of the murder of a young woman of European nationality,” the interior ministry said on its website, adding that the case has been referred to a court.

It did not say how many suspects were arrested or name the victim.

Patterson, who taught at a primary school in Doha, was last seen leaving the night club of a luxury hotel with two men, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported.

It said Patterson’s boyfriend had raised the alarm, launching a campaign over social media to locate her before the body was found. Police had arrested two men, believed to be Qataris, in connection with the case.