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Man in German cinema siege identified

There is no indication so far that the attack has been politically or ideologically motivated
Gun man opened fire in a Cinema in Germany

Authorities have identified the gunman who stormed a cinema complex in west German town of Viernheim.

The 19 year old is a resident of northern Germany, local prosecutors said.

The gunman did not have any live cartridges and he was firing using a blank, the public prosecutors office said.

Over a dozen people were reported injured. Most were exposed to the tear gas lobbed by the police.

The attack began at 3 pm local time, but there were not many people in the cinema which was housed in a shopping mall.

The masked gunman who was carrying a pistol and a rifle had barricaded himself in the complex and had taken hostages.

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Special police surrounded the Kinoplex cinema in the industrial town, some 80 kms from Frankfurt.

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The gunman has been shot dead after elite police forces stormed the complex, the Interior Minister of Hesse state was quoted as saying by a German news outlet.

It is still unknown whether the gunman was politically motivated or radicalised.

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Security has been stepped up at public places and transport hubs following the attacks in Paris and Brussels.

*Originally published as ‘Several injured as gunman fires at cinema in west German town of Viernheim.’ This story has been updated on 24 June, 2016.

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