Suspect held after French woman's body washes up in Berlin

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German police said Tuesday they strongly suspected a Senegalese man in their custody of murdering a young French woman whose corpse washed up in a canal in central Berlin.

The body of the victim, 27-year-old Pilar Valadie, was discovered in a dark plastic bag with her throat slit on April 19, floating in a waterway running through the Kreuzberg district of the German capital.

After a call for witnesses, police were able to identify the French woman and a suspect, a 29-year-old Senegalese man, who was seen near the scene of the crime in the early morning hours of that Tuesday, authorities said.

"He is strongly suspected of killing the woman in Kreuzberg and robbing her of her valuables," police said in a statement.

A spokesman declined to provide further details on the reason the suspect and the victim were in Berlin, which has a relatively low violent crime rate compared to other major European cities.

© 2011 AFP

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