Two killed at German law offices

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iol news pic Germany Lawyer Office Killings~3 AP Police officers with guns leave a building in Erkrath, western Germany, after two people were killed in separate attacks at lawyers' offices. (AP Photo/dpa, Jan-Philipp Strobel)

Berlin - Two women were killed in separate attacks at lawyers' offices in western Germany on Friday, and police later arrested a suspect who they said had dealings with both offices.

The suspect first stabbed a woman at a lawyers' office in Duesseldorf, also injuring a man during an attack in which he may also have used a firearm and then set a fire, prosecutor Christoph Kumpa told reporters.

It wasn't immediately clear who the victim was, but police said the suspected assailant had had a dispute with a lawyer at the office.

About 90 minutes later, a second woman - a lawyer's assistant - was killed at an office in Erkrath, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) away, and a man was injured. The man's legal case had been referred to the Erkrath office.

Police launched a massive manhunt and arrested the man Friday afternoon in Goch, near the Dutch border, after he forced his way into a pizza restaurant - setting off a scuffle in which two people were lightly injured. Kumpa said the suspect apparently had a score to settle with the restaurant's owner.

Officials identified the suspect only as Yanquing T., in keeping with German privacy rules. They said the 48-year-old, who was born in Shanghai and lived in Duesseldorf, admitted the attacks.


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