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UPDATE: Police in Germany rule out terrorism after nightclub shooting

UPDATE: Police in Germany rule out terrorism after nightclub shooting

Police in Germany have ruled out terrorism as a motive after a machine gun-wielding man burst into a nightclub and opened fire killing one and seriously wounding three more.

The 34-year-old attacker was gunned down by police in a shoot-out after trying to flee the Grey nightclub in Konstanz, on the Swiss border.

The gunman was an Iraqi citizen who had lived in the country for a long time and was not an asylum seeker, police said.

Konstanz police spokesman Fritz Bezikofer told the n-tv broadcaster that after an initial investigation into the events surrounding the shooting at the nightclub, investigators ruled out terrorism.

"The motives of the man who acted alone are unclear," he said. "We are still investigating but the circumstances surrounding the events at the disco in the evening before the shooting are a bit clearer and this led us to rule out a terrorism background.