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Source: BofA Merrill Lynch Worker Arrested in Hong Kong killings

A policeman takes a photo on the balcony of a unit in which two women's bodies were found in a flat at Hong Kong's Wanchai district Nov. 1, 2014.

A Bank of America Merrill Lynch employee was arrested Saturday in Hong Kong in connection with the suspected murder of two women in the city's central Wan Chai district, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

According to a statement posted on the Hong Kong government website, police arrested a foreign man after finding two women dead in an apartment in Wan Chai, an area known for its lively nightlife. The man has not been charged.

In response to queries, the Foreign Office in London said a British national had been arrested in Hong Kong, without specifying the nature of the crime.

The body of one of the two victims had been hidden in a suitcase on the balcony, while the other, a foreign woman of between 25 and 30, was found lying inside the apartment with wounds to her neck and buttock, the statement said.

The man had called the police in the early hours of Saturday and asked them to investigate the case, the statement added, without identifying him.

Police have yet to respond to Reuters' questions about the arrested man's identity and nationality.

A Bank of America Merrill Lynch spokeswoman in New York declined to comment.

Violent crime is rare in Hong Kong. The city's homicide rate is one of the lowest in the world.

In one of Hong Kong's most talked-about killings, the "milkshake murder,'' a Merrill Lynch banker was clubbed to death in 2003 by his wife, who drugged him beforehand by serving him a milkshake full of sleeping pills.