Police have made several arrests in connection with the disappearance of a British primary school teacher in Qatar, local authorities said.
Lauren Patterson, 24, was reportedly last seen leaving a five-star hotel in Doha with a group of men in the early hours of Saturday and is feared dead.
In a statement on the Gulf state's Ministry of Interior website, officials said: "The police has arrested the suspects of a European woman's murder.
"The case has been referred to Public Prosecution to complete further judicial procedures applicable in this regard."
The mother and boyfriend of a British primary school teacher feared dead after going missing in Qatar have paid emotional eulogies to her on Facebook.
Lauren Patterson disappeared in Doha in the early hours of Saturday. Local media claim she was last seen outside the city's five-star La Cigale hotel.
Her mother Allison Patterson, who is reported to have flown to Doha, wrote: "Thank you so much to everyone for all their wonderful words about Lauren. She was a truly remarkable girl my rock always there for everyone. I know she's in heaven now in her Daddy's arms."
The 24-year-old's boyfriend, James Grima, from Malta, wrote: "You really were the most smart, kind, beautiful and amazing woman I've ever met."
The family and friends of a 24-year-old British teacher missing in Doha have expressed fears for her safety.
Lauren Patterson, who teaches at a local primary school, went missing shortly after returning to Qatar on Friday from the UK, where she had attended her grandmother's funeral, according to her friends.
The Foreign Office said they were aware of British national reported misssng in Qatar, and that they were providing the family with consular assistance.