Suspected restaurant gunmen arrested

Police say two men have been arrested in connection with Friday's shooting in a restaurant in canton Solothurn in which two people died. One of the suspects was arrested in canton Ticino. The other gave himself up.

This content was published on February 6, 2000 - 19:06

Police in canton Solothurn say two men have been arrested in connection with an armed attack in a restaurant in Dulliken, in which two people died. Both suspects originate from the former Yugoslavia. One was arrested in canton Ticino as he attempted to escape to Italy, while the other gave himself up. Two women, thought to be accomplices, also turned themselves in to police.

The arrests follow an incident on Friday, in which two gunmen wearing carnival masks shot dead two people and wounded three others, in Dulliken's Löwen Restaurant. They entered the building through a back door and threatened the 70-year-old proprietor with a handgun. When restaurant guests tried to intervene, the attackers fired at random into the room. One man died on the spot and a woman on the way to hospital. The gunmen fled without making any demands or taking any money.

Witnesses observed two women leaving the restaurant through the back door just minutes before the attack. The women spent only ten minutes in the establishment, appearing to study the premises.

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