Afghan wanted in connection with gang-rape and murder is arrested

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Afghan wanted in connection with gang-rape and murder is arrested

A suspect, who allegedy boasted with pals about gang-raping a 13-year-old Austrian schoolgirl who died in the attack, has been arrested. 

The teenager's lifeless body was dumped beside a road next to a tree after allegedly being raped by the four men. 

Austrian police say all four were immigrants from Afghanistan and arrested three, with an international manhunt carried out searching for the fourth. The suspect has now been arrested in London.

Schoolgirl Leonie, 13, from the city of Wiener Neustadt near Austria's capital Vienna, was reported missing by her parents Melanie P, 40, and Hannes W, 39. 

Three days later, on June 26 in the morning, she was found dead on a road verge with her body leaned up against a tree.  

Austrian Police arrested two Afghan immigrants in June and a third one at the beginning of July, after they allegedly boasted about having wild sex with the child. 

They have now captured a fourth one in the city of London on Thursday. 

An 18-year-old was the first one to be caught by the police and was arrested while he was eating pizza in a local Italian restaurant on June 28. 

On the same day, a 16-year-old was arrested at a skating site on Danube Island, while a third alleged offender, 23, was caught several days later. 

According to a spokesperson from the public prosecutor's office, the fourth suspect who was reportedly aged 22, ran away and was searched for with an international arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Police Office of Austria (BK). 

Initial findings revealed that the schoolgirl from the Lower Austrian district of Tulln met the 22-year-old man and his 16-year-old friend at the Danube Canal in the city of Vienna where they all took ecstasy on June 25. 

The two suspects then took the girl to the 22-year-old's apartment located in Vienna's 22nd district named Donaustadt, where they were joined by the 18-year-old and 23-year-old. 

The men reportedly then gave Leonie more drugs to 'make her compliant' and then savagely raped her before rolling her body in a carpet and disposing it on the street around 330ft from the apartment. 

The investigation continues.   

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