As many as 9 people and possibly more are dead after a terror attack on a shopping complex in the German city of Munich. At this stage police are unsure if there is one or three gunmen. The German police are now engaged in a massive terrorist manhunt across the city with the main metro and train lines shut down and people being asked to stay indoors and away from gatherings in public.
According to reports: The attackers were earlier reported still on the run. Witnesses said they had seen three with guns. Police urged people to avoid public places.The attack was at the Olympia mall in the north-western Moosach district. Public transport has been suspended.Police are now describing it as "an acute terror situation".
They say the first reports of a shooting in Hanauer Street came in just before 18:00 (16:00 GMT).The Bavarian capital's central railway station has been evacuated.People stranded by the emergency and unable to get home are being offered shelter by locals. The initiative was launched with the Twitter hashtag #Offenetür(open door).
Police helicopters are flying over the city and special forces are involved in the massive police deployment.
Bavarian public radio reports that an elite border security unit, GSG9, is heading for Munich with several helicopters.
Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer is holding a crisis meeting with security advisers.
The German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, who was on his way to the US is returning to Germany.
Meanwhile the neighbouring Czech Republic is boosting its border security.
German security forces have been on alert since a teenage migrant stabbed and injured five people on a train in Bavaria on Monday, in an attack claimed by so-called Islamic State.
The authorities had warned of the danger of further incidents.
More details have begun emerging about events at the shopping centre.
Local resident Dominic Faust described how people entered the mall screaming.
"Those people told us that there was a shooting outside and so the security closed the door of this mall and asked everybody to go upstairs to the fifth floor," he said.
A man working at a petrol station in Munich earlier told the BBC: "We see just ambulances and firemen and police but all this area is evacuated, all the streets.
"Now [there] are no cars just on the side of the streets. All of the streets are blocked. I see that the people are scared. Everybody are running around."
Munich police said they did not know where "the perpetrators" were. "Look after yourselves and avoid public places".
Police also urged people to help their operation by avoiding speculation and to desist from using photos or video of their deployments online.
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