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Malaysia police arrest 7 over murder of US pastor

Published on May 30, 2013 12:33 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian police have arrested seven men over the murder of a US pastor who was found strangled with a mobile phone cord at his home in Kuala Lumpur, police said on Thursday.

American pastor David James Ginter was found dead in his house on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital on May 4 by a neighbour. His hands and feet were bound, and the phone charger cable was wrapped around his neck.

Seven members of Pastor Ginter's congregation, aged 20 to 30, have been taken into custody as part of the investigation into the murder, district police chief Amiruddin Jamaluddin said, adding that police had yet to establish a motive.

"We are still investigating," he told AFP.

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