A heavily armed gunman has been killed after opening fire and taking quite a number of hostages at a cinema complex in a town near Frankfurt, Germany.
Reuters gathered that the suspect entered the Kinopolis cinema complex shortly after the start of the first screenings of the day at about 3pm, wearing a mask and carrying a gun and a munition belt.
The man is reported to have fired into the air as he entered the cinema.
Initial reports suggested up to 50 people had been hurt but police say there were no injuries.
A police spokesperson said he took several hostages, who were later freed unharmed.
The Hessen internior minister, Peter Beuth, told the state parliament that the man was shot dead by police after armed units surrounded the cinema.
“The police had an emergency call at 2.45pm [1.45pm BST]. The caller said there was a masked man…armed with a long gun. It is unclear whether it was a real gun,” he added.
“The caller heard four shots and said that the masked man appeared a little mentally unstable. Police special forces were called.”
Meanwhile, Police disclosed that they won’t release any more details until the operation is over.
More details to be added as the story develops…