President Bush says he is relieved at the arrest of two suspects in a series of sniper shootings in the Washington area that have killed ten people. Investigators say ballistics tests have linked a rifle found in the car of the two men detained with most of the shootings.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer says President Bush telephoned the officials responsible for the investigation late Thursday, telling them that they have lifted what the president called a "shadow of fear for many families," by arresting two suspects in the sniper attacks.

The FBI says ballistic tests have linked a rifle found in the suspects' car with 11 of the 13 shootings over the last three weeks.

Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose says prosecutors from all the jurisdictions affected by the violence will meet Friday to discuss filing murder charges against the suspects.

They were arrested early Thursday as they slept in their car at a highway rest stop in the state of Maryland.

Ten people have been killed and three others wounded since the shootings began earlier this month.