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Man Arrested Over Brutal Murder Of Aiia Maasarwe

A 20-year-old man has been arrested over the brutal murder of Arab-Israeli exchange student Aiia Maasarwe. 

UPDATE: Police have raided a house in Bundoora.

Officers have been at the premises for most of the day, and have confirmed the raid is actively linked the investigation into Maasawre's death.

Neighbours told 10 News First the house has been vacant for about six months.

Local police working with homicide detectives arrested the man in the north-eastern Melbourne suburb of Greensborough about 11.20am on Friday.

It comes as Maasarwe's father arrived at the scene where her body was found in nearby Bundoora two days ago. 

"The arrest follows an extensive investigation into Aiia’s death following the discovery of her body near Main Drive and Plenty Road," Victoria Police said in a statement.

"Police would like to thank the public for their assistance with the investigation."

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Maasarwe, 21, was living in Melbourne and studying at La Trobe University as part of an exchange program.

She was on her way home from The Comic's Lounge in North Melbourne on Tuesday night when she was attacked.

Police say it's likely she travelled on the Route 86 tram to Bundoora, stepping off  around midnight.

Her body was found by passers-by in nearby bushland outside Polaris Shopping Centre about 7am on Wednesday.

Several vigils are planned in Melbourne on Friday to honour Maasarwe. Image: AAP

Police launched a massive manhunt, releasing CCTV images of Maasarwe on Tuesday night as well as images of a t-shirt and cap that were found near the crime scene.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper described the attack as both "random" and "opportunistic" and said police were investigating whether she was stalked after getting off the tram.

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A cap and t-shirt were found near the crime scene. Image: Victoria Police

Several vigils are being planned in Melbourne on Friday as the city mourns, and women cry out to feel safe.

More to come.

Contact the author ebrancatisano@networkten.com.au