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German Police Stop School Massacre

German police took an 18-year-old under arrest for suspect in school massacre plot. His alleged accomplice, suspect, aged 17, committed suicide after his questioning. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7101689.stm

A school in the western city of Cologne is believed to have been the target of the massacre. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7101689.stm

Suspects were spotted by classmates when they were studying pictures of the Columbine school massacre in the US in 1999. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7101689.stm

The two teenagers had planned to attack Cologne's Georg-Buechner high school on Tuesday, police said.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7101689.stm

According to a police spokeswoman, Investigators believe the two planned to use pipe bombs, which they skilled how to make in advance.

"They wanted to hurt and kill people, and then take their own lives," Norbert Wagner, the chief investigator in the Cologne case, told reporters.

The 17-year-old was questioned on Friday. He was then allowed to go home, but on his way home threw himself under tram and died from injuries, police said. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7101689.stm

Mr. Wagner said the second suspect confessed to the plot.

The names of the two suspects have not been released. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7101689.stm

Just five years ago in April 2002, 19-year-old Robert Steinhauser shot dead 16 people before killing himself at a school in Erfurt, eastern Germany. http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/police-thwart-school-massacre-plot/2007/11/19/1195321648192.html