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Oman crime: Six arrested for alleged murder of fuel station employee.

by Rejimon K / reji@timesofoman.com Photo supplied

Muscat: Six Omani suspects have been arrested over the alleged kidnapping and murder of Indian fuel station employee John Philip, Royal Oman Police (ROP) said.

"Suspects have been arrested. Investigation is continuing," the ROP tweeted.

On Wednesday, the missing fuel station attendant was found dead by police in Masrooq near Ibri. Police confirmed that a murder investigation was underway.

Philip, an Indian employee, had been missing since Friday night and police have been searching for the attendant since Saturday morning after a colleague reported him missing.

"His body was found. He was murdered," a senior police official told Times of Oman on Wednesday.

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Though the police did not confirm officially, sources told Times of Oman that the body was found in Masrooq in Ibri. Masrooq is 70km from Ibri town on the way to Saudi Arabia.

According to John's company officials, money between OMR4,000 and OMR5,000 is missing from the station, at Sunaina, near Ibri, around 270 km from Muscat.

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Staff reported seeing bloodstains on the walls inside the office and CCTV cameras were damaged on Friday following his disappearance.

The victim, from the south Indian state of Kerala, had been working in Oman for the last 13 years.

Police lunched a probe after a colleague reported for duty on Saturday morning. The colleague who informed the police was taken into custody and was released on Monday.

The CCTV cameras were damaged and its cassettes are missing from the fuel station.

John is survived by his wife Binu and their two children. John's eldest son is a Class XII student and his younger daughter studies in Class V.

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Date:Jun 18, 2016
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