Mongolia police arrest suspect in killing of British tourist

ULAANBAATAAR, Mongolia (AP) " Police in Mongolia on Wednesday announced the arrest of a suspect in the killing a British tourist in a rare case of violent crime in the landlocked Asian nation.

The 31-year-old man, identified only by his first initial, T, was found in possession of the equivalent of $400 in local currency and a passport believed to have been taken from Steve Nash, who had traveled to Mongolia as part of his paraglider adventures across the globe.

Police spokesman Baatarkhuu Buyant said Nash, 53, had been stabbed in the chest and died of blood loss. His body was found Sept. 1 in Arkhangai province in central Mongolia.

Buyant said the suspect had received a suspended sentence in 2016 for stealing.

While still relatively low, crime in Mongolia has risen as the country falls deeper into an economic slowdown.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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