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Friday, 26 April, 2002, 15:27 GMT 16:27 UK
In pictures: German school shooting
Eighteen people have been killed in a school massacre at a German school.

The attacker - a 19-year-old expelled from the school in the eastern German city of Erfurt - barricaded himself into a classroom with several other students before turning the gun on himself.

Armed police prepare to enter the school.
Police rushed to the scene after shooting was reported at the school.

Pupils hug outside the school
Pupils hugged in the street, crying as the news came that several teachers and students were dead.

A sign calling in German for help is seen at the school window
A plea for help appeared in the window of a room where the gunman was barricaded with some 20 children.

AP PHOTO/SASCHA FROMM / THUERINGER ALLGEMEINE - Policewomen crouch by cars
Police officers wearing bulletproof vests crouched behind parked cars as they surrounded the building.

Parents and pupils wait outside the school
Anxious parents and children waited for the siege to come to an end.

Staff, students and pupils wait outside the school
Police say the gunman finally turned the gun on himself after killing 17 other people.
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