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Swedes arrest three men over Spain murder

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

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

The Romanian citizens, aged 25, 30 and 32, were wanted by Spanish police following a robbery in July 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 spokesperson for the national police board in Stockholm told AFP.

The suspects are reported to have made off with cash and jewellery.

The suspects have been taken into detention in the southern Swedish city of Vaxsjö and their case has been handed over to the Swedish authorities in charge of international crimes, Loeffel said.

The men have been arrested and the Swedish police confirmed that contact would be made with the Spanish law enforcements authorities.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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