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Tuesday, May 18, 1999 Published at 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK

World: Europe

Cross-border murder suspect found dead

Two died in a hail of bullets at Xanadu disco

The body of a man suspected of embarking on a killing spree, which left five people dead in France and Germany, has been found in a hotel in Luxembourg where he apparently killed himself.

Stephen Jessel in Paris: He shot himself as the police entered the hotel
Reports say that as police entered the hotel in the town of Strasssen, the man shot himself with one of the weapons he was known to be carrying.

GŁnter Hermann Ewen, a 36-year-old German convicted rapist, was the suspect at the centre of a huge police operation in northern France.

A 48-hour manhunt with helicopters and hundreds of police began on Sunday, after shots were fired into a crowd at the Xanadu disco in Dillingen in southwest Germany.

[ image: Wanted: Guenter Hermann Ewen]
Wanted: Guenter Hermann Ewen
A disco employee and a guest died and three others were wounded.

The trail of bloodshed led from the disco to a nearby home where a Frenchman and his British wife were killed, and their 11-year-old daughter seriously wounded by shots from a pump-action shotgun.

Fleeing across the border to Sierck-les-Bains, the gunman shot dead a 39-year-old 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.

French and German police linked the Dillingen killings to the murder in France.

Local reporter Christian Knopfler: "People will be relieved"
An international arrest warrant was issued, and 200 French officers and border guards joined in the hunt.

Police found two cars abandoned along the way, but there were no other traces of the suspect.

Fear gripped villagers living around the eastern French border, with some people reportedly barricading themselves in their homes.

A state prosecutor in the German border town of Saarbruecken said the suspect may have been motivated by revenge in at least two of the murders.

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