Authorities in Bulgaria have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of Viktoria Marinova, a journalist who was raped and killed earlier this week.
“We can say there is a suspect detained,” a government source told Reuters news agency on Tuesday.
The body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova was found on Saturday in a park, Ruse regional prosecutor Georgy Georgiev said on Sunday.
Marinova was killed by blows on the head and suffocation, the authorities said, adding that prosecutors were probing all leads – both personal and linked to Marinova’s job.
Interior Minister Mladen Marinov later confirmed to journalists that the victim had also been raped.
According to police sources, the crime did not immediately appear linked to her work, AFP news agency said on Monday.
Following the murder, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov expressed hope the perpetrator would be found.
International organisations called for thorough investigations following the news of her death.