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At least 11 people have been killed – including the suspect – and others seriously injured after two shootings at shisha bars in the German town of Hanau, according to local police.
Nine people died in the attacks on the two bars at around 10pm on Wednesday night, police said.
A huge hunt was launched for the perpetrator involving dozens of armed police and a helicopter hovering above the commuter town 25km east of Frankfurt.
Police then tweeted at around 5am local time that special police force officers had stormed the home of the alleged suspect and found him dead along with another body.
Police initially said eight people had died but later updated the figure to say that nine had been killed in the two attacks.
At least five people were believed very seriously injured in the attacks. It was not clear whether the ninth fatality was one of those injured earlier.
Initial reports of a third incident in the district of Lamboy were denied by police.
Police said on Wednesday night they had no confirmed information on the background of the two attacks and appealed for witnesses to come forward. There was no detail about the possible motive.
“Thoughts this morning are with the people of Hanau, in whose midst this terrible crime was committed,” German chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Twitter.