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Attack at Jehovah Witness Centre Leaves Seven Dead in Germany

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  • At least seven people have been killed in a shooting at a Jehovah’s Witness centre in Hamburg, Germany. 25 more were injured, eight of them seriously.
  • Police believe the perpetrator may have died in the attack. “We have no indications of a perpetrator on the run,” a police spokesperson 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.”
  • The Hamburg police say that there is currently “no reliable information about the motive for the crime”. The police said on a Twitter post, “So far, there is no reliable information on the motive for the crime. We ask that you do not share unsecured assumptions and/or spread rumours.”
  • 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.
  • Hamburg’s mayor, Peter Tschentscher, has responded to the attack, calling it “shocking”. “The reports from Alsterdorf / Groß Borstel are shocking. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” he said.

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