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Man suspected in NYC woman's death nabbed in Syria

Police officers escort a Turkish man identified only as Ziya T., suspected of killing New York City woman Sarai Sierra who died from a fatal blow to the head in Istanbul in January, outside a security office in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo)

ANKARA: Istanbul's police chief says a man suspected of killing a New York City woman in Istanbul was caught in Syria in a joint operation by Syrian rebels and Turkish officials.

Huseyin Capkin contradicted a statement by the interior minister who had said the suspect was detained at the border as he entered Turkey.

Istanbul Governor Avni Mutlu says the suspect has confessed to killing Sarai Sierra, whose body was found in Istanbul on Feb. 2, days after she was reported missing during a solo vacation. Authorities say she died of a blow to the head.

A video reportedly recorded in Syria, and posted on Hurriyet newspaper's website, shows the purported suspect saying he was under the influence of paint thinner during the incident.

Turkish news reports have described him as a homeless scrap paper collector.

 

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