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One Arrested In Russia Over Murder Of African Student

Friends of Samba Lampsar Sall at a rally in his memory in St. Petersburg on April 8 (epa) April 11, 2006 -- Reports from Russia say a suspect has been arrested over last week's killing of a Senegalese student in St. Petersburg.

Russian news agencies quote officials with the St. Petersburg prosecutor's office as saying the suspect -- a 28-year-old man -- was detained over the weekend. No charges have been brought against him yet.

Samba Lampsar Sall, a 28-year-old Senegalese student, was gunned down as he emerged from a nightclub on April 7.

St. Petersburg has been the site of several recent attacks on foreigners, mainly from Africa.

(RIA Novosti, ITAR-TASS)

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