2 held in Romania in connection with slain German ex-pastor

BERLIN (AP) — Two men have been arrested in Romania in connection with the July slaying of a former pastor in Berlin, German police said Wednesday.

Romanian authorities took the two men, aged 20 and 24, into custody on a German warrant on Aug. 21, police said in a statement.

It was not clear where the men were arrested, nor whether they have already been extradited, and Berlin police did not answer calls for further information.

The two are wanted over the killing of Reinhold Zuber, who was found dead in his downtown apartment on July 4.

Neighbors called police to report that they had not seen Zuber for several days and when authorities opened his apartment, they found the 77-year-old dead inside. An autopsy showed he was likely killed on June 30 or July 1.

Police issued a photo of the victim, asking for anyone with any information to come forward.

The suspects, whose names weren’t given, had a connection to the pastor but police did not elaborate nor say how they had been located.

The Berliner Stadtmission, a Protestant mission, said in a statement that Zuber had worked for a now-closed community mission in the city’s Schoeneberg district from 1973 to 1983.

It said Zuber’s employment was terminated there after he was convicted of drug possession and trafficking, and over “official differences.”

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