Gunman Takes Hostages in Southern Germany - Police

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Reuters
A gunman took up to four people hostage in a building in southern Germany on Wednesday during an attempted eviction of an apartment, a police spokesman said.

Police officers stand guard during a gathering of the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) commemorating a 1953 East German workers uprising in Berlin June 17, 2012. Some 20 NPD supporters gathered in Berlin's Karl Marx Allee where East German workers rose up against the communist government of the GDR in 1953. The right wing rally attracted some 200 counter-demonstrators from various left-wing groups and parties.

A gunman took up to four people hostage in a building in southern Germany on Wednesday during an attempted eviction of an apartment, a police spokesman said.

The spokesman could not confirm German media reports that one person had been killed and several others injured in the incident, which took place in the town of Karlsruhe.

The gunman has several hunting weapons and has not established direct contact with the police, the spokesman said. No further details were immediately available.