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2 men arrested over murder of Japanese tourist in Turkey

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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

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Drugs have to be the reason for him to do this or there is more to this story. Sexual harassment and drug taking are in a far different category from randomly stabbing someone to death.

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Wow, that was quick! Hope they are found guilty of their crimes!

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@Ms Alexander.

oh, your hope will be fulfilled; this is Turkey we're talking about. Whether or not they actually did it is another question ....

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Poor girl, only 22 years old and for what?

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jeez what's going on in turkey at the moment? same thing happened to two Brits at the weekend too. I hope this has nothing to do with Tokyo winning the Olympic bid over turkey.

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Great response, I'm interested in the motivation for such a genus act.

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I say extradite them to Japan. Put the killers in a room with the poor girls fathers. Arm the fathers with baseball bats and let them go at it.

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No statements on the reasoning and why they had to kill the girl? (Money, rape, Olympic, just because, etc?)

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Yeah why??? What a waste of a young life...

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peter shaw: jeez what's going on in turkey at the moment? same thing happened to two Brits at the weekend too. I hope this has nothing to do with Tokyo winning the Olympic bid over turkey.

London hosted the Olympics last year and was awarded them in 2005. What do you think, there's some residual anger there over London getting the Games, or what? I'm not following your connection. Is says quite clearly that the suspect is known for drug use and sexual harassment. It says nothing about how he's easily angered when Turkey loses its Olympic bids, which it's done five times now, so unless someone can show a history of violence against tourists in Turkey increasing after lost Olympic bids, I think we can probably rule that out as a reason for this senseless violence.

the chronic: say extradite them to Japan. Put the killers in a room with the poor girls fathers. Arm the fathers with baseball bats and let them go at it.

Yes, because if history has shown us anything it's that the solution to barbaric violence is always more barbaric violence.

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One good life gone. One lowlife staying. I hope this guy gets what he deserves. There's no motive needed. A drug taking sex offender, that doesn't need a motive. He's just a worthless lowlife without any consciousness.

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I say extradite them to Japan. Put the killers in a room with the poor girls fathers. Arm the fathers with baseball bats and let them go at it.

Um, I say get a grip. You're not actually serious are you? Emotions getting the better of you, right? Right?!

Let's gope justice has its way and if these punks are found to be be guilty (in a fair trial) try are punished harshsly.

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Still, I think Turkey deserves to host the Olympic games rather than Japan.

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Why does most of the comments say it has something to do with the Olympics?

These Ladies were brutally raped then stabbed and one killed and you people are stupid enough to believe the Olympics is the motivation behind it.

Try going outside, facing into the wind, breathe in deeply and clear the fog from your brain.

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@Knox: Yes, I'm serious. Violence needs to be fought /punished with greater violence. These two sickos will go to trial, may or may not be convicted, and probably be back on the street in 10 years.

There's a better way..Bullet to the head. End of story.

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Death sententlce for those who are guilty of these crimes!

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Bullet to the head...I love it! Cheap and quick. The only problem is...it's too quick with no time for the punks to suffer.

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Oh, im Turkish and i really feel sad. We loves the Nippons. Really T_T

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We are deeply worried about this unhuman incident happened in Cappadocia, and would like to give our deep and most condolences to the family of Mai Kurihara. We pray and hope that Hoshie Teramatsu recovers very soon. It has been such a suprising and disguisting event since we always think that Cappadocia is one of the safest places to travel in Turkey and such criminal incidents rarely happen. Living as locals and tourism professionals, we hope that this kind of unfortunate and unhuman attcaks will not happen again, not only in cappadocia but anywhere people travel in the world...

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@The Chronic, I totally agree with you. Thinking about the parents of those two girls, that sick brain deserves even more. He should rot in his own filth.. Unfortunately, none of current laws allow you to do that. I mean, what did they do to him? how could they possibly hurt that sick man.. It is a shame for my country..

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I am a turkish.I'm so sorry for the incident.because We Japanese love the. Japanese are our friends and brothers. this incident not Islamic or the Olympics. this is a personal reason...the killer will be punished..I wish condolences to all Japanese people.Turks loves you.

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Thats really nonsense news. I just watched a news the reason why suspect killed and knifed them its just because their bicycle touched his car. My heart is really hurt. Two girls who are gonna graduate soon, and get into their new brighter life, and at that time they were travelling to see new world which they never seen before. They must have done a part time job to make money for their travelling plan. Before they were off to Turkey, their parents were worried about them, but at the same time, they must have felt that their child is not little kid anymore, but they were killed and knifed. Even one girl still alive, her damage will not be removed forever. Criminals must be punished by heaviest low.

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Turkey is a Dangerous place with many Brutal thugs like this wandering around. And as part of an Islamic state with PLENTY of extremists they only need to see women who have every right to wear a Miniskirt wearing them it will be Petrol on a Fire as the extreme Islamists twisted thoughts of Retribution could be anything as such. YES Turkish Police will say they were Drug users to try and protect their Tourism industry. Watch out and my advice is keep away from this place.

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