Updated: 15/03/17 : 07:19:54
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Donegal woman murdered in India

Police in India have launched a murder investigation after the body of an Irishwoman was found in the western state of Goa.

Danielle McLaughlin, who was aged in her 20s, was from Buncrana in Co Donegal.

Her body was found in the coastal resort of Canacona at around 8am local time yesterday.

Local media report there were several bruises and cuts on her face and her body was discovered naked in a field.

Police say a post-mortem examination will be carried out to discover whether a sexual assault took place. 

Several men were questioned by police and it is reported one of those men will appear in court today.

RTÉ states that the Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the Irish Embassy in India is following up on the reports.

In a statement it said Ms McLaughlin travelled to India using a British passport, so the local British consulate has the lead responsibility in terms of dealing with Indian authorities.

However, the Irish Embassy is liaising closely with the British authorities and an Irish consular official is travelling from New Delhi to Goa today.