A suspect was arrested late Saturday in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek for the murder of an Israeli embassy diplomat, the republic's interior ministry announced.
Elazar Brosh, aged 60, was stabbed to death late Thursday along with the woman who owned the apartment in which their bodies were found.
Both had been stabbed in the chest and throat with a knife.
Police were alerted to the crime late Thursday after an alarm was set off in the eighth-floor flat. Suspect Rakhim Timergaliyev was arrested upon leaving the building. His accomplice was not captured.
Timergaliyev confessed to helping his partner in the robbery, but denied committing the murder.
"There was no political motive for the killing. It was simply a burglary that went tragically wrong," said deputy interior minister Kumanbek Kubatbekov in comments broadcast on NTV television.
Police said they seized a number of items belonging to Brosh including his telephone from Timergaliyev.
Documents belonging to the Israeli embassy attaché were found strewn all over the apartment.
Brosh was the Israeli attaché to both Kyrgystan and Kazakhstan.
Police were continuing with the investigation, the report said.
A female employee of the Russian embassy in Kyrgyzstan was found dead at the entrance to a house on the same street last year, the spokesman added, but an investigation concluded she had accidentally fallen down the stairs - MOSCOW (AFP)
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