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Brazil arrests man who beheaded British girlfriend

Undated file photo of British teenager Cara Marie Burg released by her friends in the Brazilian city of Goias July 31, 2008. Burg was killed after she threatened to tell authorities her boyfriend, Mohammed Dali Carvalho dos Santos, was a drug dealer, Lenita Alves de Brito, spokeswoman for local police, told Reuters. REUTERS/Handout

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian police on Thursday arrested a man accused of having decapitated and mutilated his British teenage girlfriend after a spat over drugs, a spokeswoman said.

The Brazilian man confessed to having killed Cara Marie Burg, aged 17, on Saturday in the central city of Goiania after she threatened to tell authorities he was a drug dealer, Lenita Alves de Brito, spokeswoman for local police, told Reuters.

Police found on Monday an abandoned suitcase with her headless and limbless body, which Cara’s mother identified on pictures that were distributed by Interpol, Brito said.

Goiania lies some 120 miles (200 km) southwest of the capital Brasilia.

Burg had shared an apartment for three months with the man, whom she had met in Britain, Brito said.

Police found drugs in his apartment.

Reporting by Raymond Colitt

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