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Two priests murdered by robbers

Police in Peru said two Roman Catholic priests were stabbed to death inside a historic monastery two blocks from the capital's main square.

The victims are identified as Ananias Aguila of Peru and Linan Ruiz of Puerto Rico.

Homicide department chief Miguel Canlla said they were killed before dawn on Thursday.

Police suspect a robbery, but Mr Canlla did not say whether objects of value were missing.

The two clerics ran a soup kitchen for the poor in Lima, and Father Ruiz directed religious youth groups.

They were killed at the San Francisco monastery. It is a popular tourist stop with religious paintings, sculptures and ornamentation dating to the 16th century.

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