- Several people have been shot and killed at a church in Hamburg in northern Germany.
- Police said a perpetrator is among the dead.
- The incident occurred at around 9pm local time.
A police operation involving special forces officers is underway.
What do we know so far?
The shooting took place at around 9pm local time, they added.
Police were alerted about the attack 15 minutes after it happened. Source: AAP / Jonas Walzberg
Police alerted people to an “extreme danger” in the area using a catastrophe warning app.
Residents must stay indoors and avoid the area, police said, adding that streets surrounding the church have been cordoned off.
Are there any casualties?
“We have no indications of a perpetrator on the run,” a police spokesman at the scene said, adding that investigators instead have “indications that a perpetrator may have been in the building and may be even among the dead.”
Who are the perpetrators?
Police have urged people not to speculate on why the attack was carried out.
Witnesses reported hearing as many as 12 shots from the building. Source: DPA / Daniel Bockwoldt/AP
Who are the Jehovah’s Witnesses?
The denomination has 175,000 members in Germany, including 3,800 in Hamburg.
Has there been comparable violence in Germany?
And in 2019, two people were killed after a neo-Nazi tried to storm a synagogue in Halle on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
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