: Guardian: Man 'killed after opening fire at cinema near Frankfurt'

18:30 Jun. 23, 2016

Guardian: Man 'killed after opening fire at cinema near Frankfurt'

Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany (Getty Images)

Up to 50 people are injured due to use of tear gas

An armed and masked man has reportedly been shot dead by German special police after storming a cinema complex in Viernheim, in Germany's Hesse region.

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, the man entered the Kinopolis complex 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.

The interior minister of the state of Hesse confirmed at about 5pm that the man had been subdued by police and was dead.

Various local media are reporting that up to 50 people have been injured due to the use of CS gas.

German police's special response unit have closed off an area around the cinema complex.

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