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Masked man who opened fire in German cinema complex 'shot dead'

The complex is surrounded by police

Published 23/06/2016

VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police stand outside a movie theatre where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police stand outside a movie theatre where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)

A masked man who opened fire in a cinema complex in west Germany has been shot dead, according to reports.

German newspaper Bild is reporting that a man entered the cinema before opening fire with a weapon.

It has been reported that at least 20 people have been injured in the attack at the Kinopolis complex in Viernheim, near Frankfurt.

The complex is surrounded by armed police and the area has been sealed off.

Police said there is a "threat situation" at a cinema in the town.

Police spokeswoman Christiane Kobus said she could not give further details of what was happening at the Kinopolis cinema.

Officials say the suspect in the shooting is dead.

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