Murder suspects held after British teacher's body found
Police have arrested suspects over the murder of a European woman, the Interior Ministry said, after a British school teacher was found dead in the Gulf Arab state.
British media said a 24-year-old woman identified as Lauren Patterson, a primary teacher at a British school in Qatar, went missing last Saturday, when she was seen with two men at a nightclub in the capital Doha.
"The police has arrested the suspects of a European woman's murder," the Interior Ministry said in a statement in English on its website.
"The case has been referred to Public Prosecution to complete further judicial procedures applicable in this regard," it added without giving any further details.
The UK's Daily Mail reported that Lauren Patterson's mother was in Qatar and had praised authorities for their thorough investigation.
However, readers of the publication expressed varying views on the situation. Here are some:
Qatar is an extremely safe country as every single Qatari and foreign resident is fully fingerprinted and their DNA is taken. Crimes are cleared up very quickly. This sad event is very very rare.
And someone also responded to some of the sweeping generalisations:
Maybe people should actually have some knoweldge and experience of the Middle East before they make sweeping statements about it! I have lived happily in Qatar for over a year and it is one of the safest capital cities in the world. You want to start looking at the crime rates in the UK more carefully before you go judging a country and culture you know nothing about! It is shocking and very sad about Lauren but it is a rare thing to happen in Qatar, how many girls can you think of that have been murdered in your local area recently?
But at least one woman who had been to Doha had this to say:
As a woman who has been to Doha, I would never return. The men are so scary out there, and there is little to zero respect for women
What do you think?