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2 Catholic priests slain in apartment

October 30, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Two Roman Catholic priests were slain in the apartment where they lived in an upmarket district of Moscow, investigators said.

Victor Betancourt, a Jesuit priest from Ecuador, was killed in the apartment Saturday and Otto Messmer, a Russian who led the country's Jesuits, was killed there two days later after returning from a trip out of the country, their order said in Rome.

The two priests had head injuries, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office said in a statement.

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