Germany: 8 Killed, 5 Injured In Mass Shootings In City Of Hanau (Representational Image) (Photo Credit: File Photo)
At least 8 people were killed and five others injured in two different shooting incidents in the German city of Hanau on Wednesday night. Two hookah lounges reportedly were targeted. Firstly, a gunman opened fire on a shisha bar located in the town centre of Hanau, near Frankfurt. A few hours later, another incident of mass shooting held at shisha bar located in the Kurt-Schumacher-Platz area, about 4km from Hanau.
Hanau Police released a statement saying they are searching for the offenders after two different locations were targeted in the town. Police further said, "Initial reports suggest shots were fired at the two different locations about 10 pm. One person was injured in the Heumarkt area before a dark-coloured vehicle fled the scene. Another incident then occurred in the Kurt-Schumacher-Platz area."
Police confirmed five people have been seriously injured. However, a later statement confirmed that eight people had died. The police statement gave no information on the victims. It further said, "Suspects, unknown individuals, fled from the scene following the attack. The motive of the attack is not clear."
Police said, "A dark vehicle was seen leaving the scene of the first shooting, and another shooting was reported at a second site."
Hanau is in southwestern Germany, about 20 kilometers east of Frankfurt. It has about 100,000 inhabitants.
On February 9, a Thai soldier killed at least 27 people inside a mall in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima before being shot dead by commandos. He did it over a "personal problem", Thai premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha had said.
(With PTI Inputs)