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8 killed in shooting at Jehovah’s Witnesses center

8 killed in shooting at Jehovah’s Witnesses center

German police investigated Shooting Eight people died and were seriously injured at a Jehovah’s Witnesses center on Thursday Hamburg, without knowing the circumstances of the crime at this stage. Among the dead was the man who “apparently” fired the shots, police said in an official tally report from Friday.

Many media including dailies Picture He spoke of a “bloodbath”. “Police actions taken in the vicinity are continuously suspended. The investigation into the background of this action continues,” he tweeted on Friday. According to the first elements of the investigation, the latter “fired on the participants of a demonstration organized by the community”, the police noted, while others were injured, “some of them – they seriously”

There will be only one shooter

A police spokesman said they found the body of a “lifeless man” after hearing gunshots in the upper part of the building where the murder took place. Shooting.

“We have no sign (report) of (any) assailant escaping,” he said. “At this stage, only one shooter is believed to have fired,” police said on Twitter. The federal office for civil protection was lifted overnight, after 3 a.m. local time, with an official warning preventing residents from leaving their homes in case of an attack.

“Dead and Wounded”

Jehovah’s Witnesses attended a weekly Bible study from 7 p.m. Daily step Abendblatt Burger.

Law enforcement was called to the three-story building, located in the district of Grosse Borstel, north of Germany’s second-largest city, at about 9:15 p.m., a resident said. . The spokesman said intervention forces “entered the building very quickly and found dead and seriously injured people there.”

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Inside, officers heard gunshots “coming from the upper part of the building” and found another man, the spokesman continued, insisting on the phone that he was “still unable to give any indications.”

“The news from Alsterdorf/Gross Borstel is shocking,” the city’s mayor, Peter Tschentscher, of the Social Democrats, responded on Twitter. “Intervention forces are working hard to pursue the culprits and clarify the situation”.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, a radical movement, are constantly accused of sectarian heresy in France.