Romanians arrested in Sweden for Spain murder

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Swedish police said Monday they had arrested three Romanians suspected of murdering an old woman during a robbery in Spain.

The arrest was carried out during a routine control of the trio's car near Ljungby in southern Sweden, Kronoberg county police spokesman Robert Loeffel told AFP.

The Romanians, aged 25, 30 and 32, were wanted by Spanish police following a robbery at a residence in Ulldecona, Catalonia, during which one of two people in the house at the time died.

"The robbers had tied up and gagged the two people. One of them, an old woman whose age is unknown, died from being strangled or choked to death. Spanish police is treating the case as a murder," a spokesman for the national police board in Stockholm told AFP.

The suspects are being held in the southern city of Vaexjoe and their case has been transferred to Swedish authorities in charge of international crimes, Loeffel said, adding that Swedish police would contact their Spanish colleagues.

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