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    Shooting, Suspected Hostage Crisis in West Germany Prompt Security Lockdown

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    Man fired at least one round at the barber’s before he fled and locked himself up at an apartment in a small western German town of Dueren, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A man reportedly opened fire at a barber shop in a small western German town of Dueren on Tuesday, prompting lockdown, local media reported.

    According to the Aachener Zeitung newspaper, the suspect fired at least one round at the barber’s before he fled and locked himself up at an apartment. It is unclear if anyone has been injured.

    He could have taken one person hostage, police told the outlet. The suspect has not made any demands, they added. There are indications that the attack had been planned, according to the newspaper.

    Local police and special police forces (SEK) cordoned off a part of the inner city and evacuated a shopping mall and a bank.

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