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TWO HELD IN KILLING OF U.S. ENTERTAINER

Police have arrested two men in the slaying of American entertainer Val Pringle, who wrote songs for Harry Belafonte, performed with Eartha Kitt and acted in "Ragtime" and other movies, officials said Monday.

Pringle, 63, was stabbed to death Dec. 13 while confronting burglars at his home outside Maseru, capital of this southern African kingdom. His Dutch wife, Thea van Maastricht, locked herself in a room and escaped unharmed.

Police arrested two men, both reportedly from Lesotho, and said they were seeking two others.

The robbers broke into Pringle's home after nightfall. Alerted to their presence, Pringle grabbed a pistol, told his wife to stay back and went after the intruders.

Van Maastricht heard gunshots and then minutes later found Pringle in a pool of blood in the driveway. A coroner said Pringle had been stabbed 13 times.

Authorities think that he might have shot one or more of his assailants. His car was later found abandoned, with bloodstains on the seats.

Pringle, a singer, songwriter, playwright and actor, moved to Lesotho after appearing in the country on a cultural exchange tour.

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