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German police arrest suspect in violent slayings of 2 women

BERLIN (AP) — German police say a 52-year-old man suspected of killing two women has been arrested following a two-day manhunt involving 200 officers and helicopters, dogs and drones. The deputy head of Goettingen police said Saturday that officers overpowered the man, identified as Frank Naass, at a fast-food restaurant in the central German city late Friday.

Gerd Lewin says the suspect allegedly killed a 44-year-old acquaintance who was attacked on a Goettingen street Thursday "in a despicable way with extraordinary violence." The woman was stabbed with a knife and set on fire using an accelerant.

Police say Naass then allegedly attacked three people who tried to help the victim, including a 57-year-old woman who died of severe injuries Friday. Prosecutors say Naas had three previous rape convictions dating back to 1985.

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