'Eight people dead' in mass shooting in Germany

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 20 Feb 2020, 12:53PM
Police at the scene in Hanau. Photo / via Twitter
Police at the scene in Hanau. Photo / via Twitter

'Eight people dead' in mass shooting in Germany

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 20 Feb 2020, 12:53PM

At least eight people have been shot dead at a hookah bar in Germany, according to local reports.

Police have confirmed there were several fatalities following Wednesday night's incident in Hanau.

Five other people are thought to have been seriously injured in the bloodbath in the Kesselstadt district of the city, which is near Frankfurt.

The dpa news agency reported that police said people were killed but it was not clear exactly what was behind the incident. The number of people dead had not been confirmed by authorities.

Hanau is near Frankfurt.

Regional public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk reported, without citing sources, that an attack took place in a hookah lounge in the centre of the city.

It said witnesses reported hearing eight or nine shots and seeing at least one person lying on the ground.

The perpetrator or perpetrators then apparently went to another part of the city, where shots were fired in another hookah lounge, the broadcaster said.

Five people have also been injured, according to German newspaper Bild, citing officials.

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