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Egyptians linked to Tamim murder - report

UPDATE 1: Police in contact with Egyptian authorities to track down two suspects.

Two Egyptian suspects are now the focus of the investigation intothe gruesome murder of Lebanese popstar Suzan Tamim, according to police sources.

The suspects were in Dubai for just two days and left shortly after the 31-year-old singer was killed, sources told UAE daily Khaleej Times. The pair had come to Dubai on visit visas.

Dubai police have contacted their Egyptian counterparts and have requested they track down the suspects, the source added.

Meanwhile, a separate police source has told UAE daily The National that authorities in Dubai have completed their investigation and are set to make an announcement later on Sunday.

"“The case is closed,” the source told UAE daily The National, without saying whether the killer was in custody.

The murder of Tamim, found stabbed to death in her apartment in Dubai on July 28, has sparked intense media coverage and speculation over who was responsible for the killing, with several conflicting reports over arrests made in the investigation.

A source close to the investigation told Arabian Business last week that a 23-year-old British man of Iraqi origin was arrested on July 31 in connection with the murder, with the British Embassy in Dubai confirming a Briton was "helping police with their inquiries".

However later reports citing police sources claimed three men linked to the investigation have been given the "all clear" by police.

Police have refused to publicly comment on details of the case.

Tamim's body was last week laid to rest at a funeral in the central Beirut district of Aicha Bakkar, attended by friends and relatives including her father Abdul Sattar and brother Khalil.

The body was later interred in the city's largest Sunni cemetery.

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