April 20, 2018

Police shoot dead gunman who took hostages in German cinema (video)

German special police leave their cars after a masked man with a gun and ammunition belt opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western town of Viernheim

A gunman took hostages at a cinema in western Germany on Thursday before police shot him dead, a police spokesman told the N-TV television channel, adding that no other people were injured.

German television showed pictures of heavily armed police, wearing helmets and body armour, storming the Kinopolis complex in Viernheim and a couple fleeing the building.

German media said earlier that the masked man had opened fire at the cinema complex in the small town near Frankfurt.

Police shot the man dead after elite forces stormed the complex, the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper reported, citing the interior minister of Hesse state. The man was described as “disturbed”.

Bild daily said that according to police about 25 people had been exposed to tear gas.

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