Argentina questions suspects in tourist killings

8th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Argentine authorities on Monday began two days of questioning suspects in the killing of two French tourists, after detaining seven people in connection with the murders.

"The interrogations have begun," judicial spokesman Marcelo Baez told AFP, adding the first suspect to be questioned would be a woman who used a mobile phone belonging to one of the victims.

The discovery of the phone led to a breakthrough in the investigation over the weekend, with the arrest of six additional suspects and the seizure of the gun believed to have been used in the murder of the two women.

The bodies of the French university students, Houria Moumni, 24, and Cassandre Bouvier, 29, were discovered by hikers on July 29 in a nature reserve overlooking the northern city of Salta.

One of the women was shot in the head and apparently sexually abused. The other was shot in the back, and two witnesses have told investigators they heard gunshots on July 16 near where the bodies were found.

Police found the .22 caliber weapon allegedly used in the shootings on Saturday in the home of a neighbor of one of the suspects.

© 2011 AFP

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