Gunmen went on a shooting rampage in a shopping mall in the southern German city of Munich on Friday, killing and wounding many people, police said.
It was the third major act of violence against civilian targets to take place in Western Europe in eight days. Previous attacks in France and Germany were claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
Munich police said they suspected it was a terrorist attack.
Authorities were evacuating people from the Olympia mall but many others were hiding inside. Munich’s main railway station was also being evacuated.
A Munich police spokeswoman said multiple people were killed or wounded. No suspects had been arrested yet, she said.
“We believe we are dealing with a shooting rampage,” the spokeswoman said.
Bavarian broadcaster BR said six people were dead and many wounded in the shopping mall.
NTV television had reported the Bavarian Interior Ministry as saying three people were dead, but the ministry said later it would not confirm this.
More than one gunman was believed to be involved, the police spokeswoman said.
“We believe there was more than one perpetrator. The first reports came at 6 p.m., the shooting apparently began at a McDonald’s in the shopping center. There are still people in the shopping center. We are trying to get the people out and take care of them,” she said.
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