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Monday, May 17, 1999 Published at 15:00 GMT 16:00 UK

World: Europe

Manhunt for border killer

Two died in a hail of bullets at Xanadu disco

A cross-border manhunt is under way for a man suspected of killing five people, four in western Germany and one in eastern France.

The BBC's Inga Thordar: "Police say the motive is still unknown"
About 200 French police officers and border guards have joined with German police to search for the killer.

Police say the man fired into a crowd of about 20 people at Xanadu disco in the German border town of Dillingen, west of Saarbrücken.

A disco employee and a guest were killed and three others were wounded.

Paris Correspondent Hugh Schofield: "A motive is not known"
The suspect then made his way to a neighbouring private apartment and killed a Frenchman and his British wife, and seriously injuring their 11-year-old daughter.

Fleeing across the border to Sierck-les-Bains, he killed a Frenchman, who had tried to stop the gunman from stealing his car.

Another driver, who had earlier refused to give up his car to the gunman, was wounded.

Suspect named

[ image: Wanted: Guenter Hermann Ewen]
Wanted: Guenter Hermann Ewen
An international arrest warrant has been issued for the man, who police have named as Günter Hermann Ewen, a 36-year-old German.

French and German police say he is armed with a pump-action gun and extremely dangerous.

Joses Pattar, spokesman for the Saarbruecken Justice Department, said: "I want to warn everybody who comes into contact with him that they should stay away from him. For God's sake - don't play heroes."

Police say he has previous convictions for assault and robbery, and has spent time in prison in Germany.

The car he stole has been found abandoned at a disused fort.

Roadblocks have been set up throughout the Lorraine region of eastern France and a helicopter has been deployed is helping in the manhunt.

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