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'Multiple expected dead' following shooting at Munich shopping centre

Armed policemen arrive at the scene of the shooting
Armed policemen arrive at the scene of the shooting

A number of people are feared dead after a shooting at a shopping centre in Germany.

Shots were fired at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall in Munich, police said.

Munich Police told the dpa news agency in Germany they expected "several dead".

The force tweeted that the situation is "confusing" and warned people to avoid public spaces in the city.

The number of casualties or any fatalities have not yet been confirmed by authorities.

Police have responded to the attack in large numbers. Dozens of vehicles can be seen lining the street outside the shopping centre, a number of armed officers and a helicopter are at the scene. A cordon appears to be in place and the area has been evacuated.

The shopping centre in the northern part of Munich is not far from the city's Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.

Footage from the Bavarian city captures shoppers running from the scene of the deadly attack.

It had been widely reported that one person was killed in the attack.

German media say multiple people are injured.

The shooting is the second attack in Germany in less than a week.

On Monday, a 17-year-old Afghan wounded four people in an axe and knife attack on a regional train near the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, and another woman outside as he fled.

All survived, although one man from the train remains in life-threatening condition. The attacker was shot and killed by police.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the train attack, but authorities have said the teen likely acted alone.

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