Cops Probe 'Horrific' London Murder of French Students

Brits jolted by brutal killings
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2008 5:32 AM CDT
This photo combo shows Laurent Bonomo, left, and Gabriel Ferez, right, who have been named as the two French students who were stabbed to death in a London flat that was then set on fire.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Scotland Yard detectives are investigating the "frenzied" murder of two French research students in their flat on a quiet London street, the BBC reports. The biochemistry students were tied up and stabbed a total of 243 times before being set alight. A man was seen running from the building after an explosion.

"I have never seen injuries like this throughout my career," said a chief inspector said. "it was a frenzied, horrible, horrific attack. I imagine it would take some considerable amount of time to inflict the nature of the injuries." Investigators think there may be a link between the killings and the theft of a laptop computer from the flat six days earlier.