'No more baby parts,' official says US clinic suspect said

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Colorado Springs (US), Nov 30: The suspected gunman in a deadly shooting at a women's health clinic that offers abortions said "no more baby parts" after his arrest, a law enforcement official said.

The official could not elaborate on Robert Lewis Dear's comment and spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorised to speak publicly about the investigation.

Pregnant woman

But police said they will not disclose why the gunman opened fire at the Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three people. Colorado Springs police said in a statement that they are sealing the warrants related to the case against 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear.

They are not providing information on the weapon used in Friday's shooting, a timeline of events or a motive. Dear is expected to make his first court appearance today.

Planned Parenthood, a national organisation, has cited witnesses as saying the gunman was motivated by his opposition to abortion, one of America's most sensitive issues.

In July, anti-abortion activists released undercover video they said showed Planned Parenthood personnel negotiating the sale of fetal organs.

Planned Parenthood has denied seeking any payments beyond legally permitted reimbursement costs for donating the organs to researchers.

Still, the National Abortion Federation says it has since seen a rise in threats at clinics nationwide. Anti-abortion activists, part of a group called the Center for Medical Progress, denounced the "barbaric killing spree in Colorado Springs by a violent madman" and offered prayers for the dead and wounded and for their families.

John Ah-King told The Denver Post that his daughter, 36-year-old Jennifer Markovsky, was one of three people killed. She was accompanying a friend to the clinic.

Also killed was 44-year-old University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey. The Associated Press has not yet confirmed the identity of the third victim. Police haven't said what motivated Dear to carry out the attack.

Neighbours described him as reclusive, stashing food in the woods, avoiding eye contact and warning people about government spying. They said he seemed to have few religious or political leanings.


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