Turkish police on Tuesday arrested two suspects over the murder of a Japanese women in Cappadocia, a popular tourist area in central Turkey.
The woman was killed and her traveling companion was badly injured in the stabbing attack while hiking in the Zemi valley Monday, 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 travelers found the pair unconscious and alerted the authorities.
Police picked up two suspects and charged them after Teramatsu recognized 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.© (C) 2013 AFP