Date
28 July 2017
German special police prepare to storm a cinema south of Franfurt after a gunman took dozens of people hostage. Photo: Reuters
German special police prepare to storm a cinema south of Franfurt after a gunman took dozens of people hostage. Photo: Reuters

Gunman shot dead after taking hostages in German cinema

A masked gunman took dozens of moviegoers hostage in western Germany before police shot him dead.

No one was injured when the drama ended after paramilitary officers stormed the cinema, Reuters reports, citing a police spokesman.

The attacker, who carried a rifle, acted alone and appeared to be “disturbed”, Peter Beuth, the interior minister of Hesse state, said.

Police have not identified the suspect or established a motive. There were no signs he had a radical background, according to investigators.

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

Cinema employee Guri Blakaj told Reuters the gunman, who was aged about 18 to 25 and about 1.7 metres tall, entered the cinema at around 3 p.m. and told workers to go into an office.

He then went into a cinema theatre. Blakaj, who said there were about six staff and 30 cinemagoers in the building, then heard shots fired.

Police special forces stormed the building and shot the gunman.

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