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Police shoot dead gunman who took hostages in German cinema

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FRANKFURT: 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 armor, storming the Kinopolis complex in Viernheim and a couple fleeing the building.

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

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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”.

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

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